Sunday, 1 August 2021

Driving during the bad weather

If you are driving during the bad weather, here is some advice to make sure you keep safe:

Before setting off:

  • Do you know where your fog lights are? Check you know how to switch them on and off before you start driving.

While driving in fog:

  • Go slower.
  • Maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front.
  • Make sure to use your wipers and to keep your windscreen demisted to aid visibility.
  • If the word ‘fog’ is shown on a signal, but the road is clear, be prepared for a sudden bank of fog or drifting, patchy fog.
  • Use your lights if visibility is reduced to 100 metres (328 feet) or roughly the length of a football pitch.
  • Do not use full beam, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.
  • Do not attempt to navigate using the tail lights of the car in front, as these can give a false sense of security.
  • If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic.
  • If you really cannot see, you should consider stopping until it is safe to continue.
  • Hold your steering wheel firmly.
  • Brake and accelerate lightly.

When to use your fog lights:

  • Only when visibility drops below 100 metres (328 feet) which is roughly the length of a football pitch, this is stated by the Highway Code (rule 226).
  • If while driving in fog your car is involved in an accident and you weren’t using your fog lights, it could invalidate your insurance.
  • Do not use full beam, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.
  • Turn them off when you can see more than 100 metres ahead – if you don’t you could dazzle oncoming vehicles and cause an accident.
  • Police can fine you for using your fog lights inappropriately.

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