Tips on how to drive safely in dense fog.

November 10, 2015

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips. A blog by Erin Doan, Erin Doan State Farm Insurance, Scottville;www.erindoan.com.

Dense fog can create dangerous conditions on the road. The safest thing to do is pull over into a parking area until the fog clears. If you must continue your trip, keep in mind these tips for driving in fog:

  • Minimize distractions. Turn off your cell phone and the stereo.
  • Reduce your speed. Because you can’t see the road or other vehicles, a low speed can help you react safely.
  • Roll down your window to listen for cars.
  • Use roadside reflectors as a guide. The markings can help you navigate twists and turns.
  • Turn off cruise control for more control of your vehicle.
  • Use windshield wipers and defrosters to limit excess moisture on the window.
  • Drive with low beams and fog lights. High beams can worsen visibility because they reflect off the fog.

If you can pull over to a safe area, make sure to do the following:

  • Use your turn signal. Other drivers may be using your taillights as a guide, so alert them that you’re pulling off the road.
  • Pull off away from the road. If drivers can’t see the shoulder, they likely won’t see your vehicle either.
  • Turn on your hazard lights to help other drivers know you’re stopped. Avoid using flashing lights while driving.

 

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