It is not every day you find yourself driving through the fog, but when you do it can be anxiety-inducing — and fog can be a fact of life in spring in New Jersey. You can only see a few feet ahead, you barely notice other drivers passing you and you missed your turn. The drivers around you are likely freaking out around you, leading to more stress.
Here is what you should know if you are driving in the fog:
Tips for driving in fog
There are only a few things to keep in mind when traversing a foggy road or highway. The National Weather Service has realized the dangers of driving in the fog and made their own guide:
- Slow down: You will need extra time to stop when visibility is at its lowest. You may not realize there is a car in front of you before they are within two or three feet. At that point, it may be too late, leading to a car wreck or pileup.
- Use fog lights: Turning on your high beams causes glare for the drivers around you, obstructing their surroundings. Instead, use your low-beam headlights. Low-beam headlights will turn on your tail lights while reducing glare for other drivers.
- Use hazard lights: Turn on your hazard lights if you find yourself in extreme fog. Afterward, find a safe location, such as a parking lot or driveway, to pull in and wait for the fog to lighten. If you can not find a parking space, then opt for the side of the road. You will want to be as far off the road as possible to avoid collisions.
You could still face a motor vehicle accident because someone else did not follow these driving tips. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident then you may need to seek legal guidance to recover your losses.