Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC | attorneys at law

3 tips for safe driving in the fog

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2022 | Car Accidents

Getting caught in the fog is something that can happen more often as the temperature changes. You could leave your house on a drive in perfectly clear conditions and suddenly find yourself in a bank of fog that you didn’t expect.

In some cases, this leads to severe car accidents. The key is to know what you can do to drive safely in advance, allowing you to automatically adjust to be as safe as possible. Below are some tips that can help.

1. Reduce your speed

As you may have guessed, the first thing to do is to slow down. Take your time, drive carefully and give yourself more time to react to whatever happens ahead of you.

2. Do not stop

Some people feel inclined to stop when the fog is so thick that they can’t see. The reasoning is good, in that they don’t want to hit someone ahead of them. But the problem with stopping is that it just means you’re going to get rear-ended by someone behind you, so you never want to do so unless you pull off to the side of the road.

3. Use the correct lights

Clicking on your high beams may sound like a good idea when you suddenly can’t see, but the truth is that it creates more glare due to the angle of the lights catching the water droplets. It’s much better for you to use your low beams or your fog lights.

Have you been injured already?

You may have driven perfectly in the fog and still been hit by someone else who was reckless or negligent. If they made a mistake that led to your injury, then you may be able to seek financial compensation.