Caught on Camera: How Not to Drive in Fog

Fog usually occurs at night or near dawn when the temperature for the day is at it's lowest. Accidents can easily happen in foggy conditions - as shown in the video above. Luckily no one was hurt.

If you must drive in foggy conditions, keep the following safety tips in mind from State Farm Insurance:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.

  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what's ahead of you on the road.

  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.

  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.

  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.

  • If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights.

If the fog gets too dense and you pull over to a safe area, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use your turn signal. Other drivers may be using your taillights as a guide, so alert them that you're pulling off the road. When you are traveling in low visibility areas, signal earlier than you normally would in ideal weather conditions.

  • Pull off away from the road. If drivers can't see the shoulder, they likely won't see your vehicle either.

  • Turn on your hazard lights. Help other drivers know you're stopped. Avoid using flashing lights while driving. In many states, hazard light use is not permitted while driving. Using the lights can make other drivers think you're stopped or stalled. Also, hazard lights in operation disable your ability to use your turn indicators.

We hope these tips will help you stay safe when driving in foggy conditions.

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