I was reading on CBC the other day about how most of southern Manitoba kicked off the first day of spring shrouded in fog.
Not a great way to begin the season, but spring is often a misty time of year; so as the earth warms up and loosens its icy, icy grip on us all, I thought that some driving in the fog safety tips might be in order.
- Before heading out in the fog, be sure your mirrors and windows are as clear and clean as possible. Use your defroster if necessary to get a clear view.
- Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case the car ahead brakes suddenly.
- Try not to drift - use the right edge of the road as a guide, rather than the centre line. This can help you avoid drifting into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming lights.
- Use your low beam headlights rather than high beams, which actually reflect off the fog, making visibility even worse. If your vehicle is equipped with fog lights, make sure those are on as well.
- Gorillas aren't the only things lurking in the mist. Keep an eye out for cyclists, rogue pedestrians, dogs, cats and other critters, especially in residential areas.
- Don't get cocky and speed up if the fog lifts a little. Stay cautious and do not speed up too quickly, as you may just be propelling yourself in other another patch of dense fog ahead.
- Avoid distractions; keep the music low or off, don't snack on anything and no phone calls.
- If you're braking or turning, begin to signal a little earlier than usual, to give the people around you a head's up on your next move.
- If the fog becomes too dense to drive safely, pull all the way over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers that you're there.
Do you have any tips for safe driving in the fog? Leave them in the comments!
- Rose R.