Safety Tips for Driving in Smoke and/or Fog

Dec 26, 2016 - Driving Safety by

Safety Tips for Driving in Smoke and/or FogThe variety in weather conditions and humidity in Texas means it’s not unusual to wake up to a foggy morning. In addition, vast open stretches of land that may catch fire means you may have to drive sometime in smoke as well.

Of course, the biggest problem with driving in fog or smoke is visibility. Studies also show that drivers tend to speed up when they encounter fog or smoke. This is because these conditions cause an optical illusion, making drivers perceive that they are driving slower than they actually are. In fact, driving in fog is considered to be the most dangerous weather hazard, especially if visibility has been cut to a quarter-mile or less. Foggy conditions account for a majority of multi-vehicle pile-ups on Texas roadways

The Texas Department of Insurance offers these tips for driving safely through fog and smoke:

  • Slow down, do not stop.
  • Drive with lights on low beam and use fog lights if you have them.
  • Turn on your flashers so vehicles behind can see you more easily
  • Turn off your cruise control.
  • Watch for slow-moving or parked vehicles.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Use wipers or defrosters liberally.
  • Lower windows and listen.
  • No distractions, including the radio or a cell phone.
  • Use right edge of road or right markings as guide.
  • Be patient and avoid passing or changing lanes.
  • Signal any turns; brake early if stopping is necessary.
  • If you must leave the road, use your turn signal, get as far off the pavement as possible and use your hazard lights.

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