I always check to make sure my headlights are on during foggy weather. I've noticed that other people don't seem to be as worried about it as I am.
When I drove to work one day recently, the fog was thick and visibility was really low. My commute takes about 30 minutes each way, and during that time, I saw several cars without headlights on. Some of them I didn't see until they were driving next to me in the other lane.
It only takes a second to flip on your headlights. If you aren't sure if your automatic lights are on for the fog, turn on your vehicle, walk back to the front of your car and take a look before you pull out of your driveway in the morning. That simple act could save your life or the lives of other people on the roadway. Surely that's worth a minute of your time.
I always turn on my lights during foggy mornings. I'm a very nervous driver in these conditions, especially when I have my daughter in the vehicle. In thick fog, you just never know what's ahead of you or whether or not a deer might pop out quickly from the side of the road. So taking it slow is also key. Pulling out at a busy intersection when visibility is limited is also enough to put knots in my stomach as I say a quick prayer and hope there are no drivers without lights quickly approaching me.
A few weeks ago, I received a press release from Illinois State Police on a fatal crash that occurred in LaSalle County at an intersection during foggy morning conditions. While the report never stated whether or not either driver had their headlights on, these sorts of accidents make great reminders to ensure I'm doing everything I can to make myself more visible in the fog.
If we all just took a few minutes to remember how important it is to make sure our headlights are turned on and working properly during our morning commutes in foggy conditions, it very well could safe a life or two.
I make sure my lights are on when it is foggy even if it is during the day when you can see the sun through the fog. There are times I have been driving when I couldn’t see very far to pull out onto a road and had to take a leap of faith that nobody else was coming through the fog after I pulled away from the stop sign at the intersection.
I have been known to tell other drivers going the other way on a road without their lights on during the fog or even when it is getting close to dark about how bad a driver they are to not have their lights on.
Fog lights on vehicles are good even though I don’t like them on when it isn’t foggy, like I see all the time when I am driving at night. It makes it hard to watch the road with headlights and fog lights on at the same time when it is clear.
The top five tips I found online for driving in fog are:
1. Slow down. Thick fog masks the sensation of speed by removing visual indicators of velocity.
2. Use low-beam headlights. When driving in fog, high-beam headlights impair visibility because the high-beam illumination reflects off of the fog and back at your vehicle.
3. Use fog lights. If your vehicle has front fog lights, they can help illuminate the road and make your vehicle more visible to other drivers.
4. Use the right-side pavement line as a guide. Don’t use the center pavement markings, because doing so will guide you to move closer to oncoming vehicles.
5. Do not stop on the road. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights.