Even with black ice and snow,
FOG is still considered to be a driver’s worst enemy.
Along with the change of seasons comes the fog. Ummm don’t like.
When you find yourself covered in one of nature’s blankets, here are a few things that can help.
- Drive with lights on LOW beam. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a “white wall” effect.
- Reduce your speed – and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding. PLUS, did you know that no matter how slow you are driving, let’s say 20+ mph under the speed limit, you can still get a ticket for not driving slow enough? It is completely up to the officers discretion.
- Use your fog lights. If you have fog lights, use them. They help with site distance, since they’re mounted lower and illuminate more of the road surface. Yellow fog lights work better than white fog lights, as they don’t reflect off the fog as brightly.
- Don’t cross traffic lanes.
- Turn off the radio and open your window a little to listen for car horns or engines. You may hear something before you see it.
- If your car is disabled or you cant continue, it’s best to stop at a rest area or exit the road and go to a protected area. If you can’t do that, then pull well onto the shoulder, turn off lights,but turn your flashers on. Move away from your vehicle. (This seems odd to me…but it is the recommendation from the California Highway Patrol)
- Don’t drive until the fog lifts. Please, just think about this one.
Though I know – you got to go where you got to go – be sure on this.
Don’t even ask me why I know this to be true.