Driving Through the Fog
As many Floridians know, our state’s weather can be a little unpredictable! Thanks to Florida’s sudden storms and heavy rains, many drivers are fully accustomed to driving in less-than-stellar conditions. One thing that still takes some drivers by surprise, though, is fog.
Fog — or the accumulation of water droplets in the atmosphere — might not seem as dangerous as rain, hail, or snow. But because fog can obscure and restrict visibility, it can actually make driving very dangerous. When visibility is limited, drivers might be unable to properly see other vehicles, pedestrians, or other obstacles in the road. In foggy weather, the chances of a rear-end collision also increase, as drivers might not be able to see a vehicle in front of them until it is too late.
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. 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 see 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.
Drive carefully in foggy weather! If you don’t, you could end up in a car accident that you literally did not see coming!
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