Driving in Fog

September 12th, 2011 by

Fog is fairly similar to a cloud, but instead of making itself at home high in the sky, fog likes to stick around at ground level. It forms when the air temperature drops to the dew point (the temperature at which air becomes saturated) and invisible water vapor in the air condenses, forming suspended water droplets.

Driving in fog can be tricky. It can reduce visibility to a quarter-mile or less. To make things a little easier, we’ve put together some tips for staying safe while you’re on the road:

  • Set lights to low-beam. High-beam lights actually reflect back off the fog, making it harder to see.
  • Slow down! When you’re driving in fog, it can be difficult to tell exactly how fast you’re going.
  • Listen up! You may not be able to see as well as you usually can, so it’s a good idea to listen for other vehicles. (Turn off the radio, and consider opening your window a crack, too.)
  • Use the right edge of the road as a guide. (It’s a safer bet than the center line.)
  • Keep your windows clear. Use your wipers and window defrost to enhance visibility.
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