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How to Drive Safely in Foggy Conditions

Tips to Consider While Driving in the Fog

When you live in Wisconsin, it often feels like the weather changes in the blink of an eye. While many of us have the tires and skills needed to handle rain and snow, what happens when the roads are foggy? Not only is the visibility lowered, but this becomes a dangerous terrain when we travel by vehicle. This blog is going to go over some tips on how you can better handle foggy road conditions to increase your safety.

Suggestions on How to Stay Safe When Driving in the Fog

Two vehicles driving on a road with fog all around them

One of the most important things to do when driving in the fog is to turn on your low beams and fog lights. This allows other vehicles to see you. It may also help increase your line of visibility. You will also want to decrease your speed so you have time to stop if a vehicle swerves or slams on their brakes. If you are listening to music or talking on the phone, consider turning these applications off. Decreasing the number of distractions so all your focus is on the road is key to staying safe.

If you find it is very difficult to see more than a few feet in front of you, roll down your windows and turn on your windshield wipers and defrosters. This may help increase your visibility. You can also use the right edge of the road as a guide so you stay in your lane. At the same time, keep your eyes open for vehicles that have pulled over and have their flashers on.

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Additional Information on Driving in the Fog

While some people may consider snowstorms or heavy rain the worst driving condition, this is not true. Driving in fog is considered by many to be the most dangerous weather hazard. This is because the fog can get so dense it is hard to see right in front of you. This can lead to multi-car pile ups. This is why it is important to keep a good amount of distance between you and the car in front of you. If you find you cannot see the car in front of you, it may be time to pull your vehicle over. To do this, you will want to find a safe spot (not in the middle or the road or a highway off-ramp), pull over, turn on your flashers, and wait inside your vehicle. Do not attempt to leave your vehicle as other cars may not see you in the fog. Wait until the fog lightens up or dissipates before hitting the road again.

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