Fog may not seem like an extreme weather phenomenon, but it’s one of the deadliest. According to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration using data from 1995-2008, fog is responsible for an average of 38,000 vehicle crashes each year.
These crashes result in an average of 600 deaths per year, easily surpassing the total casualties of tornadoes, heat, lightning and floods combined. If you’re on the road when fog rolls in, knowing how to respond is critical.
Here are some tips to get you through the fog.
- If the visibility is near zero, don’t attempt to drive in the first place.
- Use your low-beam headlights. High-beam headlights will reflect back off the fog and further impair visibility. If your vehicle is equipped with fog lights, use them.
- Reduce your speed. Fog can create an illusion of slow motion; watch your speedometer.
- Open your window and listen for other vehicles you can’t see.
- Don’t try to pass other vehicles.
- Use the right edge of the road or painted markings as a guide.
- If you feel that you can’t continue driving or your vehicle becomes disabled, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible. Turn off your lights, get out, and stand away from the vehicle. If you must remain in your vehicle, do not put your foot on the brake. Other people may drive toward your brake lights thinking you are on the road.
By Greg Lee of MSN Autos http://editorial.autos.msn.com
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