Fog is notorious in the Leicestershire countryside, and many Leicestershire road traffic accidents are caused by it. Although the motorway road signs warn when fog is in the vicinity, it can roll in quite unexpectedly, severely limiting your field of vision in a matter of seconds. If you’re travelling at speed when this happens then it can be quite frightening.
Keep your head and don’t panic
It’s vitally important to keep your head. Remember that it’s not only you that has been plunged into the veil of fog. Other drivers will have exactly the same limited field of vision, and hopefully they too will keep their heads. If you or anyone in front of you brakes sharply to reduce speed in the reduced visibility, you will be right on them before you know it; or if it is you that brakes too strongly, you might have somebody hitting the back of your car.
Switch on your main lights and fog lights
The first thing to do is switch on your lights (including your fog-lights), taking care to ensure that your headlights are on dipped beam. If they are on full beam, it will actually limit your vision, or make it seem much worse than it is. If nobody panics and hits the brakes too hard, you should be able to slow quickly but not sharply, and because your lights are now on, everyone should be able to see you within their field of vision.
Watch the signs and be prepared
It’s always a wise precaution if you’re travelling on the motorway and the fog signs come on; to slow your speed as recommended, and switch your lights on even though the fog may not yet be apparent. That way you will at least be prepared. Fog can be at its most dangerous when it rolls in from the side of the motorway because there is often little or no warning.
Let Accident Advice Helpline assist with claiming compensation for fog related Leicestershire road traffic accidents
Fog related Leicestershire road traffic accidents can result in multiple pile-ups. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may need the ‘no win, no fee’ services (as recommended by Esther Rantzen, consumer advocate) of Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with obtaining compensation.
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Date Published: 12th August 2014