Tacoma residents know the city is prone to morning fog especially during the fall season. This poses a serious safety hazard. Nevertheless, life goes on and you still need to commute. Here are three tips for driving safely in foggy weather.
1. Create More Distance
The general rule is to maintain a two-second distance between you and the driver ahead of you. This applies to clear road conditions. If you can make out the vehicle in front, increase the distance to four or even six seconds. Even in deep fog, you should be able to see the taillights.
2. Do NOT Use the High Beams
Conventional wisdom is to switch to the high beams under poor visibility. We do not recommend this for dense fog. High beam lights reflect off the fog and can make visibility worse.
With respect to old lights, consider replacing the headlights at our auto service. Older bulbs or faded light covers can decrease the lights’ brightness.
3. Do Not Accelerate
Even under heavy fog, some drivers will still drive like normal and follow too close for comfort. In response, you may be tempted to speed up and create more distance. However, maintain the same safe speed and following distance. Be mindful of what other drivers are doing but focus on your own driving.
4. Stay at Home
We know this is not always possible, but refrain from driving at all if you can help it. If you need to run an errand; postpone it. If you need to drive to work, let your boss know your situation.
Stay Safe When Driving in Foggy Weather
Now is a good time to bring your car to Jones Automotive Clinic for auto repairs. Subaru and Toyota repairs are our specialty. A well-maintained car performs more reliably under formidable conditions, including driving in foggy weather.
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