We tell you what you shouldn’t do
It is very common in the summer season when the rains and the humidity worsened that when we go out to highway, mainly in high zones, we find something that no driver likes: the fog.
This meteorological factor is the cause of many accidents and the main reason known to everyone is the human factor.
That’s why, thinking about preventing your driving, here are the five things you shouldn’t do when driving in fog.
Use high beams
When you enter the fog it is very common and natural to turn on the lights. This is for the purpose of increasing the factor that other vehicles see you. However there is a mistake that certain drivers make and is to turn on the high beams, thinking that this will see the road better, when it is quite the opposite.
Having high beams reduces visibility, as the fog reflects the strong beam of light and returns to your eyes, making it more complicated to look at what is in front of you.
Think about how difficult it is to see when the luminosity of the sun shines on the car in front of you, what you do is move your gaze to another side, put a hand to protect yourself or move your head to avoid it.
Well, it’s the same with fog, having the headlights at full power.
Maintain your speed or accelerate
When driving many drivers go at a high speed and when they enter the fog, they do not reduce their speed, but on the contrary accelerate in order to pass it as soon as possible.
Many do it because they think they already know the way like the palm of their hand, but literally with fog it is very difficult to look at what is put in front of you.
The best thing to do when entering the fog is to slow down. Being in the fog is very difficult to measure how fast you’re going, being inside it generates a visual illusion that makes you feel like you’re going slow when you’re actually going fast.
Without landmarks like buildings, trees or other objects, it’s very difficult to know your speed intuitively. It’s best to check your speedometer and trust it when you’re in the fog.
Now another common misconception is that when you’re driving and suddenly the fog appears, certain drivers tend to press the brake pedal hard.
Here it is best to slow down gradually and use the brakes if really necessary.
Applying them thoroughly will be an unexpected move for the cars behind you and could cause them to do the same. This is the cause of many carambolas on the roads.
Raise it to the radius
Being in the fog you have to drive slow, you can’t see very well and it makes your trip boring. So many drivers turn up the volume of the radio or digital player for the purpose of making the stay inside the unit much more enjoyable.
However, this is not the most recommendable and you have to think. What is the relationship between fog and radio?
Well by avoiding going up to the radio and lowering your windows a bit into a dense fog, it will allow you to hear the traffic around you, even if you can’t see it.
The car that is a distance of six meters in front of you – the one that you can’t see -, you can really hear it and even if you don’t believe it this really helps.
Hearing the screeching of brakes, the noise of tires passing a puddle or any squeaking it may have; it will allow you to identify when a vehicle is near you. Also, if you can’t see a vehicle, hearing “where” is better than going blind.
If you don’t lower your windows in the fog, you’re driving without a visual or auditory reference.
Staying close to the vehicles around you
Many drivers when they go into the fog and see a car in front of them, think that going behind him, almost stuck to it is the best. This is another fatal error when driving into the fog.
People tend to drive very close to another car in the fog because it allows them to have a visual reference point.
But what if the vehicle suddenly brakes or makes a movement which it then regrets wanting to return to its original position? Surely you could impact yourself and therefore have a bad time.
It is well known to all that when we drive we should always keep our distance, well this is even more important when driving in the fog.
Keeping your distance significantly reduces your chances of having an accident and with it you have more time to react.
It is recommended to maintain a distance of at least three white lane dividing lines between your car and the vehicle in front of you. So keep your distance, even if you feel like you’re just driving on the road.
Driving like it’s a sunny day
We are used to many things while driving on a sunny day with a lot of visibility. For example we already know the route to the perfection of a certain road or in the city so we do not worry about the location of traffic lights, potholes, schools, etc..
We also step on the accelerator, we get distracted seeing the cell phone or we listen to music at high volume.
Well then, driving in the fog is completely different, here your attention must be complete without distractions and with all your senses alert.
Here it is vital to do everything contrary to the above in order to avoid an accident or even save your life. You must drive defensively at all times, anticipating your movements and observing – listening – everything around you.
In fog avoid changing lanes or passing another vehicle unless really necessary. Always assume that any unexpected or surprising movement in the fog can generate a chain reaction with the cars around you that could become a serious problem.