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Tips To Drive Safe In Fog

Manisha Goel


Fog can be thought of as a cloud at ground level. It forms when the temperature drops to the dew point (the temperature at which air is saturated), and invisible water vapor in the air condenses to form suspended water droplets.

Fog can reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less, creating hazardous driving conditions. If you can't postpone your trip until dense fog lifts - usually by late morning or the afternoon - follow these tips:

Safety tips for cyclists:
  • Keep cycle in working condition. Check brakes, tyre, air pressure, bell light and chain before you ride it.

  • Obey traffic signals. While taking turns watch out for traffic and give signal by hand.

  • Move on the left side of the road.

  • Avoid overtaking. Be in single file if the road is narrow

  • No acrobatics on road, keep both hands on the handle bar.

  • If available use only cycle tracks.

  • Remain constantly alert on the roads.

  • Wear bright clothes and have bright light at night.

  • Use reflective tape on cycle.

Safety tips for bikers:

  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel before departing.

  • Check any strapped on luggage to ensure that it is tightly secured.

  • Use a defogging agent on your face shield and glasses.

  • Monitor your rear view mirrors for fast approaching vehicles from behind and, if necessary, prepare to take evasive action.

  • If another vehicle is following too close, tap your brakes lightly to flash your taillight or turn on the bike's flashers, if it has them.

  • Wear reflective material and bright colors.

  • Avoid sudden inputs to the brakes or steering, and use engine braking as much as possible.

  • Follow the taillights of another vehicle, at a safe distance and speed, to reduce any spatial disorientation.

  • Use the white line on the right side of the road as a point of reference and keep it to your right, particularly when there are on-coming headlights that glare out the centerline in the fog.

  • Call ahead to your destination and alert someone as to your route and expected time of arrival.

  • If forced to stop, either by the fog becoming too dense or a mechanical problem, move yourself and your bike well off the road.

Safety tips for four-wheelers:

  • Drive with your headlight on low beam or prefer to use fog lights. High beam lights will only reflect back off the fog and impair your visibility even more.

  • Keep your windshield and headlight clean to reduce the glare and inverse visibility.

  • Slow down your speed. If you see a taillight or headlight, slow down even more. Because the driver may be barely moving or stopped.

  • Stay with in the limits of your vision. Do not overdrive your headlights.

  • If the fog is too dense and you may need to stop suddenly then pull off your car from the road and park it on the left side.

  • Use your turn signal long before you turn and break early when you approach to stop to warn other drivers.

  • Watch out for slow moving and parked vehicles. Listen for traffic noise if you cannot see. Keep your widows slightly open to be able to hear better.

  • Reduce the distraction in your vehicle. Turn off the radio and avoid taking phone calls while driving. Your full attention is required.

  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

  • Be patient. Avoid overtaking and/or changing lanes.

  • Use wipers and defrosters liberally for maximum visibility. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if poor visibility is due to fog or moisture on the windshield.

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