Safety & Accident

Safety Tip: Driving in Thick Fog

February 13, 2017

VIDEO: How to Drive in Dense Fog

It’s nerve-racking when you drive into dense fog. It can feel like you’re trying to drive with a pillowcase over your head. You just can’t discern objects until you’re very close.

Here’s some advice from AAA on how to deal with fog conditions:

  • Slow down and turn on your low-beam headlights. By reducing speed, you increase available reaction time. And driving with your low-beam headlights on helps you to see the roadway more clearly and increases your visibility.
  • Use your windshield wipers to increase your visibility and reduce glare from oncoming vehicles.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with daytime running lights (DRLs), you may need to manually turn on your headlights so your taillights will also be illuminated.
  • Avoid sudden stops — and remember that larger vehicles need more distance to slow down or stop.
  • If you must stop, steer off the roadway as far as safely possible.
  • In severe fog, emergency flashers may help increase your visibility to other drivers. However, some states prohibit the use of flashers while the vehicle is moving. 

To watch a video with more advice from Ford Vehicles, click on the photo or link below the headline.

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