Now that it's cooler outside, you may be prone to see some fog. Whether it looks just like a thin mist or a dense cloud, fog can significantly impact the visibility of your road and surroundings. In fact, fog causes more than 38,000 vehicle accidents every year. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to navigate comfortably through foggy weather:
Turn Your Headlights On
You should always ensure your headlights are on, no matter what time of day it is. Your headlights are intended to make you see better. However, you should NEVER use your high beams in fog. It may seem like a good option at first, as they are brighter lights. But your high beams will cause an intense glare with the water molecules. This would make it even more challenging for you to see, so stick with your low beams (and fog lights if you have them).
Maintain A Safe Speed
Your reaction time will not be as good as it is in normal conditions, so it's crucial to lower your speed and maintain extra distance between your car and other vehicles.
Reduce Your Distractions
There's no question that your attention should always be 100% on the road when you're driving. It's even more imperative when you're driving in inclement weather. To ensure you safely get in and out of the fog, it's best that you turn down/off your music and put away your phone. You should keep your eyes peeled to the road, and both your hands should be on the wheel.
Use Pavement Marker As A Guide
There are white lines painted on the right side of the road that can be a beneficial guide in these dire situations. They are way more reliable than using the center lines.
Keep Your Windshield And Windows Clear
Foggy weather means extra work for your windshield wipers and defrosters. You'll need a functioning HVAC system and a fresh, working pair of wiper blades if you want to see clearly.
If you have to drive through fog, we advise you to travel at slow to moderate speeds, not use your high beams, and practice safe driving practices. You also have a major responsibility to ensure both your defrosters and windshield wipers work. If you require repairs or replacement, please do not hesitate to call or visit Ripley's Total Car Care today.