Adverse weather can play havoc on the roads when drivers are not prepared for it or knowledgeable on how to drive in it. We can often witness four seasons in one day throughout the UK and one thing that can catch you out fast is dense fog. Fog appears when warm, moist air hits cooler conditions and can be patchy, so you could be caught unawares on any journey. In the eventuality that you hit a stretch of fog, then here’s some top tips to follow:
Set your lights correctly
Before setting off on any journey should know where your fog light switch is and how to turn it on, which is especially important when driving a car you are unused to. When driving in fog you should turn on your headlights and dip them; as well as turning on your fog light to help other drivers see you. If you are unlucky enough to crash in fog without your fog lights on then your insurance can refuse to pay out.
Driving in fog is treacherous so your immediate thought should be to lower your speed to manage any hazards that you are unable to see. Like driving in heavy rain, the slower your pace the more time you have to react. Be certain not to make any sharp decreases in speed though, as you can be dangerous. Simply ease your speed down to a level you are comfortable with should anything unforeseen occur around you.
Check your distances
When visibility is poor it can be human nature to want to get closer to the car in front so you can keep eyes on it, but you should be sure to keep a larger distance to give ample time to avoid any potential collisions. Also check your mirrors to see how close the car behind you is so you know that it is safe to break heavily, if needed. If you think they are slightly too close, then don’t be tempted to drive faster to increase the distance, simply manage your gap to the car in front.
Control your own in car conditions
You may not be able to impact the weather outside, but you can keep a handle on what goes on inside your vehicle. Foggy conditions can create condensation within your car which can impact visibility and concentration even further. Be quick to demist your windscreen and use your wipers to clear condensation fast. Remember, if you have air conditioning in your car using it can speed up the demisting process.
Pause your journey
When light fog comes down without warning it can be reasonably managed if you implement the advice outlined above. However, when a blanket of thick fog comes down fast your visibility can be mere yards in front of you. In these circumstances the best thing to do can be to find a safe place to stop your journey, i.e. a service station, if you feel unable to navigate safely. Simply put, it’s not worth the risk.