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How to avoid trouble in foggy conditions

In this region of the country, the old adage “hope springs eternal” is attributable to the change in weather patterns. Officially, spring is here; but you may not always know that according to the weather. Indeed, rain is more favorable than snow, because it may not lead to black ice like snow does, but foggy conditions could still pose a significant danger to drivers.

For the uninitiated, fog forms when the warm air competes with very cold soil (or vice versa) to create a vapor shield that may impede a driver’s vision of the road ahead. The thicker the fog, the less visible the road ahead. When this happens, drivers must exercise additional caution.

This post will highlight a few steps drivers can take to stay out of trouble.

Slow down – While this may seem obvious, you would be surprised by how many accidents are caused by excessive speed for the conditions. So even if the speed limit says 40 mph, traveling at 25 mph in foggy conditions may be appropriate.

Avoid using high beams – Indeed, it may be tempting to use high beams when it gets difficult to see, but you must remember that fog is made up of water vapor, which essentially reflects light. Thus, your high beams will only result in a bright wall of light that won’t provide further views of the road.

Wait for the fog to lift – As the sun rises, the atmosphere gets warmer, and the fog begins to lift. Perhaps waiting to this time of day may be an option. 

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