Caught in fog patches at the coast? Spotted a bank of mist on the road back into town? NamWheels gives you a few do’s and don’ts when your visibility is poor.
- Prepare – radio, internet, signs, anything that can warn you about your route and take precautions.
- If you encounter mist or fog, adjust your speed accordingly and be very alert to road conditions and other road users. Watch out for pedestrians!
- Keep a larger following distance and generally more space between yours and other vehicles.
- Turn on your vehicle’s headlights or (if fitted) the fog lights.
- If you feel that conditions are unsafe, find a safe area to pull over, well away from traffic.
- Always keep your windows clean, on the outside and the inside. Consider an anti-damp product.
- Turn down your music and open a window to possibly hear any potential dangers.
- Use your windscreen wipers and demister.
- Never take the occurance of foggy or misty conditions lightly, they can lead to big accidents.
- Do not speed or overtake in bad visibility as you may not be able to see approaching vehicles or spot potential hazards in time.
- DO NOT tail-gate (closely follow) other vehicles or assume that another driver can see better!
- DO NOT use the main beam “brights” as these reduce your vision and blind other vehicles.
- DO NOT drive with your hazard / emergency flashers as they are only for stationary use and will distract or confuse other drivers!
- Avoid aftermarket fog lights of another colour (e.g. blue or purple) as they aren’t very effective.
- Unless necessitated by an emergency, do not swerve, stop, change lanes or suddenly perform a u-turn!