Tips for drivers: What not to do in foggy conditions?

Snow, ice, hail, but also reduced visibility due to thick fog, are the conditions that complicate the normal flow of traffic in the winter months.

Fog is characterized by reduced visibility on the road, which reduces the orientation in space, the driver has a miscalculation of the distance with other vehicles, and due to the expressed humidity in the atmosphere there is poor contact of the tires with the ground. The visibility of the road, on the other hand, is conditioned by the density of the fog, the fogging and scattering of the windshield, as well as the scattering of light rays from its own vehicle and from the vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

Such conditions and weather conditions require special care and adjusted driving speed. That is why it is very important to remember that driving in foggy conditions is very different from driving in normal road conditions. Regardless of your driving experience, this implies extreme caution when joining in traffic, for your personal safety, but also for the safety of other road users.

Here are some moves you should not make as a driver in foggy conditions

Do not orient yourself at the rear lights of the vehicle in front of you

It is dangerous to orient yourself at the rear lights of the vehicle in front of you, because in case of thick fog it means that you do not follow the rule for safe distance. What is the safe distance from the vehicle in front of you? This is the distance you travel by car at the current speed, in two seconds.

If visibility is very poor, reduce speed and switch on the rear fog lights. Do not do this in case of light fog as this will only blind the drivers behind you. It is advisable to turn on the headlights in case of fog, which are useful in cases of heavy rain or snow. In the event of a radical deceleration, switch on all four turn signals.

In case of fog, use low beams as the fog acts as a mirror and high beams can blind you.

Do not drive at normal speed

If you drive the usual road always at the same speed (allowed on that road), the same rules do not apply in foggy conditions. Adjust the speed in proportion to the reduced visibility on the road, ie drive at a speed at which you can stand in front of any obstacle you notice.

Do not accelerate abruptly and do not slow down abruptly, do not make abrupt changes in the direction of movement and most importantly: do not brake abruptly!

Never park on the road in foggy conditions

Avoid overtaking and stopping on the open road, especially in foggy conditions. If stopping is necessary, place an appropriate signal to mark the vehicle. Place the signal at a greater distance than you would normally place it.

If you are involved in a traffic accident in heavy fog and your fog lights are not on, this may affect your ability to exercise your vehicle insurance rights.

Do not set off unless it is really necessary

If there are no conditions for safe traffic simply stop the trip or postpone it for another time when there are appropriate conditions. The fog usually drops early in the morning and evening, especially around the area near rivers and lakes. So if you can choose, try to avoid driving at this time of day.

Do not underestimate the road conditions

When it is very cold and the fog goes down, consider that the fog freezes easily and very quickly on the road, so that in just a moment the surface can become very slippery. Therefore, when driving on foggy and slippery roads, drive the vehicle without sudden and hasty movements.

Do not touch the phone

This is not advisable behavior behind the wheel and in ideal conditions, but driving in fog requires even greater concentration and attention. So, use the phone only for emergency calls with hands free option, do not read and write messages, do not watch videos, do not scroll on social networks. It can all wait until the end of your trip.

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