The fog It is one of the most inopportune atmospheric setbacks that the driver has to deal with with the arrival of low temperatures. This phenomenon reduces visibility and poor practice in the use of lights or signaling our movements can cause accidents. Furthermore, many of the mistakes we make when we have to face fog are punishable. So stay tuned for what we tell you below.
Increase safety distance
Contrary to what you may think, Driving close to the car in front is very dangerous in case of fog. You may think that this way you can see it better and have a reference point in the middle of the fog, but the truth is that this increases the risk of collision, just like in everyday life. Use your lights well and keep a safe distance, that is the best method to find a good position on the road in case of fog.
Use dipped and position lights
What is the mistake we normally make when driving in fog? Choose to put the long lights. These lights against what you may think, reduce visibility as they are reflected in the fog, causing a rebound effect. In addition, they annoy drivers who may come in the opposite direction. What should you do? It is key to know your car’s lights and when to use them. To start, you have to put low beam and position lightsregardless of whether the fog is dense or not.
The fog lights They have been created especially for these situations. The way the light is projected is different from normal ones, since its light beam is wide and flat with the aim of reducing reflection as much as possible. This is also why they are found under the headlights or in the bumper area. While the front fog light It has an optional use, that is, you can use it if necessary, in case of fog, the rear fog light It can only be used in dense fog, when we really have to be seen. You must remain alert, because if they disturb other drivers you must disconnect them and, In case of jam they cannot be in operation either.. Its misuse is a lack of circulation and you can be fined for it.
Increase alert level
The fog can surprise us doing the route every day at the same time, even so, do not let yourself be carried away by confidence and increase your alert level. Even if you think you know the way well, fog can make the journey you are so used to difficult and the dangers you may encounter on a normal day can increase in the moment less expected. Remember that it is not a normal day, and that you will not have the visibility of a sunny day.
Adjust the speed
According to what was discussed above, not adjusting our speed to the situation is also a danger and irresponsibility that we often commit in case of fog. In addition, many drivers become desperate when there is fog, increasing their speed to leave the area affected by it. This can cause many accidents, since by not having reference points due to poor visibility, the driver can go faster than he thinks. The best solution is to use the accelerator sparingly and always gently brake.
Don’t stand on the shoulder
When the fog is very dense, many of you will have thought about stopping and driving again when the fog has dispersed a little. It is a correct decision, but the error comes when we choose to stop on the shoulder. At that point we can cause incidents and annoy other drivers, even on sunny days with greater visibility. The correct thing is to wait for the next service station or gas station.
Don’t change lanes
Often when visibility worsens we choose, without realizing it, to occupy more space than we should, reaching invade the next lane. Stay alert and positioned in your lane to avoid collisions. A good trick could be to pay attention to the longitudinal marks on the floor and not separate yourself from them. This way the car could be kept well centered in the right lane.
Below we leave you this video, in which Toyota explains in a clear and simple way the tips for driving in fog.