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How to Drive Safely in Fog

Fog is one of the scariest things to drive in, especially if you're unfamiliar with it. It is a dense "cloud bank" that rests on the ground. Dense fog can create dangerous conditions on the road, especially if it’s extremely dense fog or combined with other severe weather conditions. The safest thing to do is pull over into a parking area until the fog clears.

If you must continue your trip, keep in mind these tips for driving in fog:

1. Minimize distractions - Silence the Stereo and put your phone away.

2. Reduce your speed - Because you can't see the road or other vehicles, a low speed can help you react safely.

3. Allow more distance between vehicles - to ensure you have the proper time to respond to any obstacles.

4. Turn off cruise control - This will maximize your control of your vehicle.

5. Roll down your window - This allows you to listen for cars and emergency vehicles.

6. Use windshield wipers and defrosters - The moisture in the air may continuously collect on the windshield, making it more difficult to see. Adjust the defroster and windshield wiper speed as necessary.

7. Drive with low beams and fog lights - The visibility in front of you will sharply decrease in a fog, so use the vehicle's low beam lights and fog lights. Heavy fog conditions prohibit use of high beam headlights. High beams can worsen visibility because they reflect back in dense fog.

8. Use the right edge of the road as a guide - This can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic, helps you stay in your lane and not “drift” into the middle lane or being blinded by oncoming headlights.

9. Beware of animals on the road - Animals, especially white tail deer, feel bolder under cover of fog and are much harder to see.

If the fog gets too dense and you have no visibility, pull over to a safe area and keep these tips in mind:

1. Use your turn signal - Other drivers may be using your taillights as a guide, so alert them that you're pulling off the road. When you are traveling in low visibility areas, signal earlier than you normally would in ideal weather conditions.

2. Pull off away from the road - If drivers can't see the shoulder, they likely won't see your vehicle either.

3. Turn on your hazard lights - Help other drivers know you're stopped. Avoid using flashing lights while driving. In many states, hazard light use is not permitted while driving. Using the lights can make other drivers think you’re stopped or stalled. Also, hazard lights in operation disable your ability to use your turn indicators.

From everyone here at Simplified Insurance Agency, Drive Safe!

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