Follow these tips for staying safe while driving in thick fog

Follow these tips for staying safe while driving in thick fog

(UGC/Trevor Gertridge) Dense fog in Moncton, New Brunswick(UGC/Trevor Gertridge) Dense fog in Moncton, New Brunswick

Dense fog in Moncton, New Brunswick. Image submitted by Trevor Gertridge.

Avoid using high-beam headlights in the fog. Densely packed water droplets in fog scatter bright lights like high-beams, creating an intense glare that can actually make driving less safe for you and other motorists.

If you have to pull off the road for safety reasons, turn on your hazard lights and pull far off the side of the road. This allows other drivers to see that you’re stopped and a safe distance from the edge of the roadway.

Watch the side of the road

Obstacles aren’t the only danger involved with foggy travel. Just driving on the road itself requires a bit of concentration when it’s hard to see the pavement in front of you. Watch the side of the road and the reflectors for added help to guide you where you’re going.

If you’re travelling in the right lane, glancing at the solid line or physical edge of the road can help you stay on the right track. Similarly, the bright reflectors that dot the edges of lanes are intended to help you see and stay in your own lane.

This habit doesn’t just help in the fog, either. If you encounter an oncoming vehicle with intensely bright headlights—we’ve all been there before—quickly glancing at the lines can help spare you the dots in your vision and keep you cruising along safely.

Dense fog in Moncton, New Brunswick. Image submitted by Trevor Gertridge. Avoid using high-beam headlights in the fog. Densely packed water droplets in fog scatter bright lights like high-beams, creating an intense glare that can actually make driving less safe for you and other motorists. If you have to pull off the road for safety…

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