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.”