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Survival guide to driving in fog

2011-11-18 09:15

FOR FOG'S SAKE: Don't be daunted by dense fog; here are some tips to help you.

Fog can be a killer not only in Europe but also in South Africa's Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. Prepare yourself...

UK driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive offers tips on how to drive in foggy conditions.

1 Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and make sure all your lights are working.

2 Let others know if you are likely to be delayed.

3 Use your dipped headlights. South African drivers take note - only use your high-intensity front/rear fog lights when visibility is less than 100m.


4 Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to clear the fine water droplets that collect there.

5 Slow down and keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front to ensure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.

6 Avoid relying on the vehicle in front as a guide to hazards ahead. Fog makes it more difficult to judge how hard vehicles are braking and they might be slow to react.

7 Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn following drivers.

8 At junctions, wind down the window to listen for approaching traffic.

9 Keep some high-visibility clothing in your boot in case you have to leave your car.

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