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How to avoid an accident when driving in the fog

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you are driving in the fog, your visibility is hindered. In some situations, the fog can be so thick that driving is frightening. 

Should you stop until the fog passes? What if there’s no opportunity to do so?  Learn more about how to safely drive in the fog here. 

How to drive safely in the fog

You want to avoid stopping in the travel lane. Doing this increases the likelihood of you being rear-ended by another driver who can’t see you. You may want to slow down because it helps you avoid unknown hazards on the road and other issues. Instead, in addition to slowing down and giving other drivers a lot of extra room in case they need to make a sudden stop, you should:

  • Turn your hazard lights on.
  • Keep the high beams off so you can use your vehicle’s fog lights.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • Try to maintain a steady, consistent speed so that you feel safe driving. 

When you slow down, the people behind you have enough time to react. While they may still be driving faster than you are, they also have time to match your slower speed without being involved in an accident. Also, when you reduce your speed, you have more time to react to any potential hazards ahead. 

When to pull over because of the fog

If you don’t believe you can maintain a safe speed and want to pull over, you should find a parking lot or pull to the side of the road. If you have to use the road’s shoulder, pull as far as you can and keep the hazard lights on. 

You have options if you are involved in an accident with someone driving recklessly in the fog. Knowing your legal rights will ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.