February 15th, 2018 by

A Blog About Fog

With the mixture of rising temperatures and snow on the ground, we’ve seen a lot of fog these past couple of days in the Peoria area. With that said, you never know when it’s going to hit. It could be early in the morning or late at night. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to avoid it. There is, however, a better way to handle it. Here are some tips for driving in foggy conditions.

1. Make Sure Your Windows are Cleared Off of Snow or Rain

First and foremost, when driving in fog, you need to pay close attention to what you can prevent or improve. There’s nothing you can do about the conditions on the road. You can, however, make sure your car is in the best shape possible. That being said, it’s extremely important to clear your windshield and windows of anything that could potentially hinder your vision. In the winter, it could be snow or ice. In the spring, it’s probably rain. So, take the extra five minutes to scrape, brush, or wipe off your car. If you’re running late, your boss should understand. At least you arrived safely!

2. Drive Slow

There is nothing that can be said to justify driving fast, especially when driving in fog. When you can’t see as far ahead as you usually can, you have no idea what you’re coming up on. That’s why it pays to SLOW DOWN. If you’re in a 55 MPH zone, for example, you should be going about 40 MPH (if not slower). By easing off of the gas pedal, you’re giving yourself more reaction time to stop in case of a sudden hazard.

3. Low Lights On

Fog is defined as “A thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility.” Since fog is made up of water droplets, that means it reflects. And since it reflects, that means actually make it worse. This is tough, because while you need to see where you’re going, you need to see other drivers as well. That’s why low lights are the best option for both parties. Turning your bright lights on does nothing but blind oncoming traffic while only hurting yours further. So, keep the low lights on while you drive slow! It’s the safest option for everyone involved.

4. Keep Your Eyes on the Road

In this day and age, it’s easy to get distracted. Your friends are all texting you about this crazy fog while you’re trying to find the right radio station on your morning commute. FOCUS on what’s important – getting where you’re going, and getting there safe. Turn your radio down (or off), put your phone on silent (or off), and keep your eyes on the road. You already have a disadvantage with the fog. Don’t play into that.

Before you leave the house or you head out to lunch, keep these useful tips in mind when driving in the fog. If you need any more tips, stop by Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac in Peoria! We’d be happy to help you.

Weston Fog Blog

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