posted 5 years ago

IAM Driving Trips – Fog

Driving through fog can feel like looking for a small piece of mushroom in a bath of soup.

Driving through fog can feel like looking for a small piece of mushroom in a bath of soup. As such, Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, has some straightforward tips to help motorists cope with this familiar hazard. His advice is:

- Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working.

- Let others know you are likely to be delayed.

- When you’re ready to leave, switch on the dipped headlights. Only use front and rear fog lights where visibility is less than 100 metres.

- Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to clear the fine mist that collects on there.

- Slow down and keep enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front. Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.

- Avoid relying on the vehicle in front as a guide to hazards ahead. Fog makes it more difficult to judge how hard vehicles are braking and they might be slow to react.

- Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn drivers behind.

- At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic.

- Take high-viz clothing in case you have to leave the car.

Mr Elstow said: “Don’t underestimate the effect fog has on your perception of speed. Adjusting your driving to the weather conditions will help you to become a better driver.”