As the weather begins to cool after our dry spell, the increase in fog brings a need for caution in the mornings.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace says that statistically, driving in fog is the most dangerous driving hazard in existence.
The best advice he can give to drivers confronted with thick fog is to get off the road as soon as possible. But, if you can’t or won’t pull off the road they say to;
- Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions; with the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially.
- Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
- Use the right edge of the road (aka fog line) as a guide rather than the center line, to avoid running into oncoming traffic or becoming distracted by their headlights.
- If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you’re there but won’t think you are driving on the road.