September and October are some of the foggiest months in Washington state. As this time of year approaches, it’s important to consider how to keep yourself safe as a driver.
Driving in the fog can be challenging, but there are a number of safety methods you can utilize. Outlined below are a few important things to keep in mind when driving in the fog.
Use your lights appropriately
When your vision is impaired by fog, it can sometimes feel like you need more light. This often results in people putting their high-beam headlights on. In actual fact, doing so can decrease your vision further. Most vehicles are fitted with fog lights, which can help increase your visibility as well as that of other vehicles around you.
Safe stopping distances
Even in optimal conditions, it’s important to be ready for any potential hazards. When it’s foggy, this is even more vital. You need to be able to anticipate hazards earlier. One thing that will increase your safety is to increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front. There may be a delay in seeing the car in front’s brake lights when it’s foggy, and increasing the distance between you can counter this.
You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t apply the brakes suddenly in foggy conditions. Those behind you may have impaired vision, and sudden braking makes it more likely that they will crash into the back of your vehicle.
Being prepared for different seasons and weather conditions is a fundamental aspect of safe driving. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you cannot prevent the negligence of other road users.
If you have been injured during a road traffic collision, be sure to look into your legal options.