Below is a list of driving safety tips in foggy weather conditions:
- Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility. Having your low beam lights on will allow for other drivers to see your vehicle.
- Keep your windshield and headlights clean. This will reduce the glare and increase visibility.
- When visibility is low, drive slow. Be sure that you can stop within the distance that you can see. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding. Watch your speedometer and track your speed. Speed is a major factor in fog-related car crashes.
- Do not slam on your brakes. Instead, ease off on the accelerator, which will make it less likely that you will be hit from behind.
- Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.
- Listen for traffic that you cannot see. Open your window a little, which will allow you to hear audio cues like breaking noises, which can alert you of an imminent accident.
- Reduce distractions in your vehicle. Turn off your radio and put away your cell phone.
- Use wipers and defrosters for maximum visibility. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if poor visibility is being caused by fog or moisture on the windshield.
- Use the right edge of the road or painted markings on the side of the road as your guide.
- Be patient with other drivers and yourself. Avoid passing cars or changing lanes.
- Signal turns well in advance and give yourself plenty of time to brake before approaching a stop.
- If you have no visibility, pull off to the side of the road.
- Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. This could result in a chain reaction collision. If you must pull over, make sure and signal ahead of time. After pulling over to the side of the road, turn on your hazard flashers.
Use Caution When Driving in Foggy Conditions
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash due to foggy weather conditions, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando car accident attorney, immediately. The insurance company will not automatically pay you the settlement you deserve. At the law office of Michael T. Gibson, our dedicated team of attorneys will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. following your car accident.