Rolling into the Fog
A dense cover of fog can be both depressing and dangerous. The fog itself is a cloud that has gotten so heavy that it has been dragged down to earth. While the density of fog can vary wildly, it suffices to say that the lower visibility that comes with any fog can be very dangerous when driving. While the best defense against the fog is to wait for the sun to break through it, sometimes you just can’t wait to get those errands done. So if you have to go out to drive in fog, it is important that you know how to drive safely through the fog. State Farm Insurance has a list of helpful tips and tricks to keep you safe in the fog;
- Minimize distractions such as radios and phones
- Beware of animals on the road because they feel bolder under cover of fog and are much harder to see
- Reduce your speed because you can't see the road or other vehicles
- Increase your following distance from other cars to ensure you have enough time to respond to obstacles
- Roll down your window to listen for cars and emergency vehicles
- Use the right edge of the road as a guide so you don’t drift into the middle lane
- Use roadside reflectors as a guide because markings can help you navigate
- Drive with low beams and fog lights because high beams reflect off the fog
- Turn off cruise control to maximize the control of your vehicle
- Use windshield wipers and defrosters to limit excess moisture on the window
Fog is so common around the nation that we often overlook the dangers that come with it. It’s important to remember and prepare for fog so that we are able to remain safe on the road. So make sure you know how to deal with fog and always remember to drive safe out there.
As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.