Whether you’re a biker, lorry driver or drive a regular car, driving in in the UK during winter involves weather. Roads are wet and visibility can be low. Motorway accidents are commonplace due to the lack of traction. A lack of visibility means pile-ups occur. Motorists often speed and don’t give themselves enough time to react to dangerous situations.
Accident Advice Helpline’s mission is to help people, in every facet of everyday life, to stay safe and avoid harm if possible. Human error means that there will always be accidents and subsequent injuries. But we will continue to strive to eradicate needless errors that change the lives of others. We are aware of the dangers of driving in fog, so we would like to advise you on how to drive safely in foggy conditions.
How to drive safely in foggy conditions
- Don’t speed. Although it might occur to you as obvious, speeding in weather where visibility is poor heightens the chance of a collision. Slowing down will ensure that if you need to stop, you allow yourself the time to react and ensure that you and those around you are less likely to get grievously injured. Good practice is driving 5 miles per hour slower than the speed limit. This ensures that you can react to any situation.
- Turn on your headlights but not your high beams. Using your high beam headlights instead of your low beam headlights means that you risk blinding oncoming drivers. Also, because fog is water particles, it reflects light and makes it harder to see with brighter lights.
- Focus on the road. Driving in fog is very dangerous, and the utmost attention is required. Turn down the radio, end conversations and even roll down your window to listen for oncoming traffic.
Do you need to make a claim?
Have you been injured as a result of reckless driving during foggy or other inclement weather? Irresponsible drivers can be the cause of accidents. If you’ve suffered injuries due to someone else’s poor driving in the last three years, you are eligible to claim compensation. Call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or take our 30-second test to discuss your claim.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice