Fog is one of the most dangerous driving hazards as it lowers visibility, making it difficult to see around you.
Foggy conditions cause numerous accidents every year, which is why our New Jersey car accident attorneys offer the following tips:
- Follow the lines – To make sure you stay in your lane, follow the lane lines with your eyes. Remember to keep your eyes moving so they don’t get fixated.
- Use low-beam headlights – Drivers tend to use their high-beam lights when driving in fog. However, this impairs visibility even more since they reflect off the water vapor.
- Alert other motorists – Because fog causes reduced visibility, drivers often find themselves surprised by other motorists’ actions. To avoid an accident, you should always give other cars ample time to if you want to change lanes. This means activating your turn signal for several seconds before moving over.
- Reduce your speed – Don’t drive fast if you can’t see what’s in front of you. Keep a close watch on your speedometer to maintain speed because thick fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be driving above the speed limit.
- Don’t stop on the road – Never stop on the road when it’s foggy. Look for a safe place to pull over that’s far away from traffic, and turn off your lights. If you leave them on, other motorists might think your headlights indicate the roadway.
If you sustained injuries in a car accident on a foggy night, please contact us to determine if you have a personal injury claim.