What to do if you encounter severe fog

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Running into a bank of fog while you’re driving often happens quickly. It’s not like driving in a storm, where you feel things escalating. You may have great visibility one moment and then suddenly not be able to see three feet in front of your car.

Needless to say, this can be very disconcerting for a lot of drivers, especially young drivers who have never experienced it before. If this happens to you, what should you do?

Slow down

One thing to do is to simply slow down, which gives you more reaction time. If you encounter another car, a stop sign or a corner unexpectedly, you’ll be able to react in time if you were driving slowly.

Turn off your brights

Another thing to remember is that your high beam lights will not cut through the fog. They just make it worse. It is good to have your fog lights on, but don’t turn on your high beams.

Pull over if you stop

If you stop in the middle of the road, your intentions might be good. You don’t want to hit someone ahead of you. But you’re actually creating a major hazard for anyone behind you. If you do feel like the fog is so thick that there’s no choice but to stop, always make sure you pull off of the road before doing so.

Have you been injured?

Even if you drive properly in the fog, other drivers consistently make mistakes and cause car accidents. If you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs.


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