When it comes to weather conditions, fog is one of the most unpredictable. Your view can be clear one minute and cloudy the next. Because after all, that’s what fog is — a cloud on the ground.
If you’ve ever driven through dense fog, you know it can feel like you’re driving blindfolded. But while you can’t control the weather… you can control how you drive in unpredictable conditions like fog, rain, ice or snow.
So, here are five tips to help you drive safely through the fog:
- Slow down. Traveling at a reduced speed will give you more time to react and minimize the potential for any impact. If you think you’ll be driving in foggy conditions, be sure to allow extra drive time to make it to your destination safely.
- Brighten up. Turning on your headlights will help you see the road ahead, while helping others see you. And as their name suggests, fog lights also increase visibility by shining more light closer to the road surface. Just avoid using your high beams, which actually reduce visibility by producing glare.
- Leave some space. Low visibility can lead to slower reaction times. Increase the distance between you and the vehicles ahead to help account for any sudden stops.
- Follow the lines. In dense fog, you won’t always be able to rely on what you see ahead. If your visibility is limited, focus on the road markings to make sure you’re staying in your lane.
- Pull over. If you can’t see in front of you, the best course of action may be to pull over. Turn on your hazard lights and pull off the roadway in a safe location, like a rest stop or parking lot. Then, wait until conditions improve.
These driving tips can help you navigate the foggiest of situations. But it’s always important to have a clear view of your insurance coverage.
At Erie Insurance, our promise is simple: to be there when you need us. Whether taking the road less traveled or on your daily commute, you can count on us. So contact a local ERIE agent to make sure you’re prepared for the road ahead.