Survival guide to driving in fog

2011-11-18 09:15

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.

  • Jacques - 2011-11-18 13:08

    "South African drivers take note - only use your high-intensity front/rear fog lights when visibility is less than 100m." Next time an assh*le rides behind you on his bike with the headlight on high beam, know that it's me. Then ask yourself, "Are my rear fog lights on?" I'm just exchanging one irritation for another.

      Mark - 2011-11-21 16:52

      well said, brother. if it's not you, then it may be me.

      kevin.grinaker - 2011-11-22 00:20

      And the 13 thumbs down are the fog light warriors, no doubt. Jacques, I could not agree with you more. The blinding red light emitted by the "fog" lights and helmet visors don't go so well together, do they?

      ruanpretorius1980 - 2011-11-22 12:17

      Yep, why should people (poepolle! LOL!) drive constantly with their fog lights on? "Because it are a a fast car, tjaaina! And it are very expensive, you know!"

  • Mogo - 2011-11-18 13:29

    Hahahahaha "Survival guide to driving in fog" meanwhile there are attack helicopter gunships on the left advertising Need For Speed THE RUN 'Race for your life'. For a second I though this article was about nfs lol.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-11-20 10:54

    Why are so many people driving with there rear fog lights on all the time lately? Are they incompetent or just purposefully Jackasses?

      Ebon - 2011-11-21 10:19

      Rear fog-lights, front fog-lights, parking lights. I attribute it to ignorance mostly - with a good dose of just plain stupidity. It's a pity that our inept traffic police do not issue the R500 fines they are supposed to for such infringements. If S'bu really wants to clamp down on road fatalities start by pulling over these morons who don't even know which lights to operate on their vehicles. If someone can't even get such a basic thing right, odds are they are incompetent to drive properly.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-21 18:12

      I guess the thumbs down are from the morons that actually do this!

      Ebon - 2011-11-23 14:00

      Yeah. The funny thing about stupid people is that they generally think they are quite clever. This is true regardless of objective evidence to the contrary. I have never yet met a fog-light user who can actually substantiate a good reason for their use, yet most of them, having "debated" the issue conclude, in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that there is no good reason not to use them, and elect to continue using them because...well, just because! I guess the one good thing about fog-lights is that they are a very good means of identifying the idiots on our roads.

  • Henk - 2011-11-22 12:33

    Also, please do not stop in the road as someone will drive into the back of your car. Do not switch on your hazards, we all can see that it is foggy. Rather watch were you are going and leave the buttons alone!!

      Henk - 2011-11-22 16:23

      jup, foggin stupid people will drive with their fogs on when there is no fog, leave the fogs off and rather put hazards on in fog (Just go to show how confuzed you realy are) and stop anywhere in fog. And then you stupid people thumbs down me????? Fog U!!

  • wolivier1 - 2011-11-26 06:24

    100% Dude. In south africa the non educated drivers drive with their fog lights on even if their is no fog during a bright sunny day.

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