The Danger of Driving in the Fog
Driving in the fog is certainly not unheard of in Michigan. Fog is basically a ground level cloud that occurs when there is too much moisture in the air for the air temperature. Each year, when listening to national news we hear of multi car pile ups that occur because of foggy conditions.
We have some tips for safe driving in the fog, but only after you watch this video by YouTube user iHasPistons which reaffirms how dangerous driving in the fog can be…
Wow… that was scary.
The video didn’t say what state or what highway this accident was on, but we get the point.
Common Driving Mistakes in the Fog
There are a few common mistakes drivers often make when driving in the fog. This video shows not only the danger when visibility is reduced, but also some common mistakes that lead to accidents.
Use Your Fog Lights or Low Beam Headlights
When visibility is lowered, you may only be able to see the cars around you by headlights and taillights at best. Always know where to reach to turn on your headlights or fog lights. You can’t afford to look down for even two seconds in these conditions.
Watch Your Speed and Slow Down
Foggy conditions can actually confuse the brain to continue accelerating because the perception is that you’re not going all that fast without as many visual markers. If you watch the highway lane stripes in this video, it appears that the driver may even be speeding up.
Keep Calm and Focused
Watching this video, the driver seemed panicked before the accident, and was certainly uncomfortable in these conditions. The driver may have also been a bit distracted. There are multiple voices and the radio is playing. One great tip from howstuffworks.com recommends rolling down the window some to use more than just your vision to sense the cars around you:
Rolling your windows down allows you to hear the traffic that’s all around you, even though you can’t necessarily see it. That car that’s 20 feet (6.1 meters) in front of you (the one that you can’t see), well, you just may be able to hear it — and believe it or not, that helps. Squeaky brakes, tires hitting a puddle, a bad CV joint or just regular old road noise; hearing all of these things can help you identify when there’s a vehicle around you. And when you can’t see a car, hearing its location is the next best thing.
Know Weather Conditions Plan Your Route
If the weather looks suspect, take a look at the forecast, and plan your route accordingly. Check your computer, newscast, or a weather app before you head out. Sign up for bad weather alerts and give yourself extra time. If you know you’re very uncomfortable in foggy driving conditions, plan an alternate route with lower speeds.
Stay Safe Out There – Please share this with a friend. Perhaps we can prevent a multi car accident if everyone learns how to drive safely in the fog.