Fog Makes Sunshine Skyway Even More Nerve-Racking
Driving across the Sunshine Skyway can be nerve-racking on a good day, so just imagine trying to make it calmly across when you can’t even see the road in front of you! This morning around 11, the Florida Highway Patrol made the decision to close the Skyway due to heavy fog. It seems like a good call — the pictures of the Skyway this morning make it look downright eerie! The bridge will open again once the dangerous conditions clear up, for now, people traveling across Tampa Bay need to find an alternative route.
Compared to heavy rain or snow, fog might not seem that dangerous. But in fact, fog is actually very dangerous! It hinders visibility, preventing drivers from seeing other vehicles, pedestrians, or other obstacles. When there is dense fog, it becomes much easier to rear-end the car in front of you, or collide with another vehicle that cannot see you.
When it’s very foggy outside, the best thing to do is avoid driving until it clears up. In some situations, though, driving during foggy conditions is unavoidable. If you drive through fog, drive extra cautiously. Here are some tips to get you through the next foggy day:
- Slow down. If the car in front of you makes a sudden stop, you might not seem them as quickly as you would on a clear day. Driving a little slower limits the chances of rear-ending someone.
- Similarly, increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Turn on all your lights, including low beam headlights or fog lights, but don’t use your high beams. If necessary, use your hazards light to further increase your visibility. The more visible your vehicle is, the safer you will be during foggy conditions.
- Use your vehicle’s windshield wipers or defrosters as much as possible to keep your line of vision clear.
- Signal early. Let other drivers know that you will be slowing down to turn or stop at a light or stop sign.
- If the roads become too dangerous, pull over in a safe place. When pulling over, a parking lot or rest area would be preferable, but if you must pull over to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights so that other vehicles continue to be aware of you.
Fog, like rain or darkness, just requires extra caution and knowledge of road safety. As the Sunshine Skyway showed us this morning, fog can look like something out of a horror movie, but if you need to drive through fog, preparation and caution will go a long way.
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