Foggy and misty conditions can cause visibility to deteriorate quickly whilst you’re already on the road. Fog only differs from mist due to its density, and it can reduce visibility to less than 1km. You’ll most often find fog or mist in the early morning, and it’s more frequent near shores, lakes and harbours, but it is still a major cause of accidents, so it’s important to drive safely.
Causes of accidents in fog
Here are some of the main reasons that road accidents occur in foggy or misty conditions:
- Failure to adjust driving habits and speed for inclement weather
- Not leaving enough distance between your vehicle and the one in front
- Reduced visibility
- Failure of the authorities to close dangerous roads in foggy conditions
Of course, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect yourself and any passengers travelling with you if you need to drive in fog.
You should always check the weather before setting off, and delay your journey if possible; bear in mind that driving at night in fog will make visibility even worse. If you do have to travel, make sure your fog lamps are working and that you know how to use them, and always ensure you have topped up your antifreeze. You should reduce your speed and turn your headlights on when driving in fog, but don’t use your full beam. Signal your intentions to turn early, brake gently, and reduce distractions by turning off your mobile phone and radio. If you do have to pull over, make sure your vehicle is well off the road and turn your hazards on.
Claiming for road accidents
No matter how safely you drive, accidents can and do happen. But if you are injured in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, what can you do about it? You could seek out a personal injury compensation lawyer to claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim, so why not give us a call today? We’re here 24/7, and we won’t push you into making a claim; instead, we’ll offer confidential, no-obligation advice so you can decide how you wish to proceed. Of course, if you do decide to go ahead with your claim, our 100% no win, no fee* service ensures you don’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown