What to do when driving in fog

fog_mainWe have some tips on how to stay safe when driving in fog writes Geraldine Herbert

1) Slow down – Driving at normal speeds in fog can be very dangerous particularly when you cannot see where you are going.
2) Clear your windows – Before you leave ensure you can see out of all windows and once on the road don’t let your windows and mirrors get fogged up. You need to have full visibility at all times so make sure your windows are clear.
3) Keep your distance- It is dangerous to follow the lights of the vehicle in front as you may well allow yourself to get too close and may not have enough space to stop suddenly. You can follow the edge of the road as a reference point, but not the centre.
4) Do not stop on the road – When you cannot see where you are going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog never come to a sudden stop as other cars might not realise that you are stopping.
5) Use low-beam headlights – Turn your headlights on but never use the full beam headlamps in fog as this will only reflect the light back at you, and actually reduce rather than improve visibility.
6) Use Fog Lights – Although this one is obvious, it’s equally as important as the rest.  These lights are positioned to illuminate the road and make you visible to other drivers during intense fog. Remember to turn them off when you are out of the fog as they will dazzle other motorists.
7) Expect Delays – Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination. If you’re on the road when it’s foggy, expect delays. so don’t rush, give yourself plenty of time.
8) No Overtaking – Don’t attempt to pass other vehicles as you may not be able to see stopped or oncoming vehicles, even with their lights on.
9) Stay Focused – Turn your music off, stop conversations with other passengers and keep your attention on the road and wind your windows down at junctions – that way, you can listen for oncoming cars when you can’t see them.
10) Only drive if you have to – Don’t leave the house unless necessary, unless you really need to make a journey you are better to stay off the road.

 

Geraldine Herbert

1st November, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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