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Is It Possible to Drive Safely in Foggy Conditions?

Brandon Evans   |  April 28, 2017   |  

The Goldsboro News-Argus reported on the death of a pedestrian who was killed while walking along Beston Road in LaGrange recently. Per the report, a 25-year-old woman was driving northbound on Beston Road at the same time a 26-year-old man was walking in the same direction on the road. Due to poor street lighting and heavy fog, the driver could not see the pedestrian until it was too late to avoid a collision. The circumstances surrounding this fatal pedestrian crash raise the question, is it possible to drive safely in foggy conditions?

How to Drive Safely in Foggy Conditions

If you can avoid driving in foggy conditions, you should do so. However, if you must venture out onto the road in foggy weather, here a few tips from the National Weather Service to help you do it as safely as possible:

  • Drive slowly to give yourself more time to react to other vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and road obstructions.
  • Use your low beam headlights or fog lights, if you have them, to make your vehicle visible to others sharing the road with you.
  • Do not use your high beam headlights. High beams can cause a glare that makes it hard for drivers to see what is ahead of them on the road.
  • Make sure to leave a lot of space between your vehicle and the car you are behind on the road to give you more time to react in case of the other vehicle has to make a sudden stop.
  • If the fog is extremely thick, you may need to use your hazard lights and pull over to a safe location off the road (such as a parking lot) until the fog clears up enough for you to safely continue.

Do you have any tips for driving in the fog? Let us know in the comment section below and continue to follow our Raleigh personal injury law firm’s blog for more safety tips that can help you avoid accidents and injuries.