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Safety tips for driving in fog

There are many different weather conditions that can make driving more difficult. One such condition is fog. Fog can greatly reduce driver visibility, which could create an increased risk of vehicles colliding.

Given the traffic safety problems fog can pose, when a person knows there is going to be heavy fog in their area, it is often best to stay off the roads until the fog lifts. However, circumstances sometimes make it so an individual is unable to avoid driving in foggy conditions.

When a driver is out on the roads when there is fog, there are several safety steps it can be wise for them to take. Such steps include:

  • Maintaining a greater following distance from other vehicles than usual.
  • Driving slowly.
  • Using the defroster and windshield wipers to try to maintain as good of road vision as possible.
  • Using low beam headlights.
  • Not driving with just one’s fog lights or parking lights on.
  • Safely pulling over (and then putting one’s emergency lights on) if the fog becomes so heavy that safe driving is no longer possible.

Paying extra attention to safety is vital when driving in fog or other bad weather conditions. When drivers fail to act safely given the weather conditions they are in, they could end up causing severe injuries to others through accidents.

When a person is hurt in a traffic crash that occurred in fog or other bad weather, it can be important to look into whether the drivers involved in the accident were acting properly for the weather conditions, as this could have legal implications. Attorneys can investigate an auto accident’s circumstances for accident victims.

Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles, “California Driver Handbook – Special Driving Situations,” Accessed Feb. 19, 2015

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