Advice for avoiding a car accident when driving through fog
Fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions that you have to deal with when driving. Worse than driving at night, fog seriously decreases visibility and can make it difficult to see more than a few feet in any direction. This means that not only are the cars in front and behind you a risk, but also the vehicles to either side of you, pedestrians and cyclists – even obstacles on the road. If you want to be safe when driving through fog then you need to stay calm and know how to navigate the area safely, as well as being more aware of the potential dangers so that you are always ready to act.
- Don’t use your full beams. It may seem like a good idea to use full beams to get as much visibility back as possible, but your full beams will actually only reflect off the fog, and make it more difficult for you to see.
- Check your speed. It is necessary to drive slower in fog, and you may choose to drive well under the speed limit to be safest. Remember that this is an extreme of weather, and that it is better to be safe than to reach the speed limit.
- Use your windscreen wipers. Fog is thick and wet and will coat your windscreen as you are driving, so you should use your windscreen wipers as though you were driving through a rainstorm.
- Park off the road. Your car will be very difficult for other cars to see in thick fog, so keep your car safe by parking in a car park or some other location which is well off the main road.
- Listen. As you cannot see properly, wind down your windows and listen for other traffic rather than looking for it.
Claiming compensation for a West Lancashire car accident
If you are involved in a West Lancashire car accident because of foggy conditions, you may still be able to claim compensation from the driver that caused the accident, as long as you are able to prove that they were at fault, and the fog was not the overriding factor in the West Lancashire car accident.
Accident Advice Helpline works with experienced personal injury lawyers who will be able to help you to put together a strong case for compensation against this driver. The helpline has over 10 years’ experience with personal injury compensation claims, meaning that you are in the safest hands and can be sure of getting the best possible help and support throughout your claim. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to the team about your West Lancashire car accident and get help making a start on your claim.
Date Published: 13th June 2014
Author: David Brown