New Delhi: One of the most hazardous weather conditions for driving is fog. On Monday (January 2, 2023) cases of several fog-related accidents were reported. Fog makes driving more difficult for both new and experienced drivers. The best course of action would be to avoid driving in dense fog but it's not possible always because of our professional commitments as we have to go outside.
In such scenario, where you can't skip driving, keep in mind that such dangerous weather conditions demand the driver to maintain concentration. Therefore, it is imperative to prevent all forms of distraction, including talking on the phone and listening to music. To stay safe while driving through fog, follow these basic safety measures.
Monitor your speed and avoid overtaking
Driving in severe weather requires driving more slowly than usual. If you slow down, you will have more time to respond to circumstances like roadblocks and other similar hazards. You must park your car in a secure location until the vision improves if it is very bad. Being patient while driving in severe weather is the key. Also, overtaking is something you should never try to do.
Keep your windows down and keep your lights and windshield clean
It is best to steer clear of distractions while driving in such circumstances. You can hear the on-road traffic if you roll down your windows. Clean your car's window, lights, and windshield because dirt reduces visibility and leads to accidents. Always be alert and switch on your car lights so others can see you at low visibility.
Keep safe distance
Maintain a good gap between your car and the one in front. If the space is not much, you won't have enough time to respond if something goes wrong. Maintain enough distance for the car to stop in case of emergency braking. In sudden conditions, panic brakes are challenging to recognize and respond to.
Reduce your distractions
When you’re driving, you should always have your whole focus on the road. However, while you’re driving through thick fog, it's even more crucial that you maintain 100% concentration. Eliminate any distractions that may exist. Disconnect the radio, ask people to stay quiet who are traveling with you and even if your phone has a hands-free feature, avoid using it while driving.
Keep moving and Use maps to stay on track
Whenever you can't see where you're going, it could be easy to stop your car. Don't do that because cars coming up behind you don't know about it and it can lead to accidents. Find a safe area to stop that is away from the flow of traffic if the fog becomes too thick. Also, if you lost track use maps to stay on track and know the traffic condition to avoid any kind of mishappenings.