After the recent snow, ice, gales and flooding, motorists in the UK may now be accustomed to driving in severe weather conditions, but what about the difficulties of driving in fog? Apart from the obvious safety measure of slowing down, what can drivers do to protect themselves from car accidents when travelling in foggy conditions?
National accident statistics suggest that fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions encountered on our roads. Auto accident claims firm, Accident Advice Helpline, continues to warn drivers of the dangers of driving in fog and have offered some helpful tips to help ensure driver and passenger safety.
When speaking to a representative of the company, they pointed out that one of the main hazards in foggy conditions is the distortion of the driver’s perception of speed and distance,
“Drivers accelerate without even realising it – it is a strange phenomenon, but people sometimes speed up in fog at the same time as reducing the distance between themselves and the car in front. It goes without saying that this is a recipe for disaster and it only takes a split second in conditions such as these for a tragedy to happen. Fog gives an illusion of travelling in slow motion, so keeping a close eye on speed is essential.”
Top tips for driving in fog offered by the company include:
- Slow down and keep an eye on your speedometer as you could increase your speed without even realising
- Do not use full beam – keep headlights dipped at all times
- Leave a safe distance between your car and the car in front – although it may be tempting to ‘hang on’ to the lights of the car ahead, fog can cause you to slip if you need to brake suddenly
- Make sure that you can be seen by other drivers – use your fog lights, but remember to turn them off again when the fog clears
- Be aware that patchy fog can be very disorientating – fog can drift quickly across roads and motorways
Accident Advice Helpline offers personal injury claim advice and deals with RTA claims on a no win no fee* basis. If you wish to discuss auto accident claims, give their free helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: April 10, 2013
Author: David Brown