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Driving in fog is an extremely dangerous endeavor and with the rainy season about to settle in around Seattle, there's no better time than now to ensure you and your car are properly prepared for driving in foggy conditions. While your best defense when faced with thick fog and low visibility is to pull over until the fog clears, driving through fog with these tips in mind can help you get to your destination safely.
Don't Get Distracted
While you should never drive and use your smartphone at the same time, the extra attention required for driving in fog forces drivers to focus acutely - something that's impossible when operating a phone or a stereo. Turn off any distractions and secure your phone in your car so you won't feel tempted to reach for it. Keeping the volume on your stereo low will help you detect other vehicles and sirens on the roadway.
Reduce your speed and turn off the cruise control. Foggy roadways are often plagued by slowdowns and backed-up traffic conditions, making the chances of dangerous pileups much higher than during normal conditions. Use your wipers and defrosters to keep your window from fogging up and drive with your fog lights on - your high beams won't help as they're reflect back on the fog itself, so drive with your low beams and fog lights for safety and increased visibility.
Roll Down Your Windows
When visibility is low and you've slowed down to a safe speed, it's best to listen for other cars on the road to ensure you can hear them even if you can't see them. Not every driver will reduce their speed when faced with foggy conditions, making slowdown areas and road hazards extra treacherous. Stay alert and keep your ears about you and you'll be able to better detect nearby motorists.
Keep Your Car Maintained
Flat tires and empty wiper fluid plus foggy conditions can be fatal to drivers of any skill level. Furthermore, other motorists will have a harder time spotting vehicles that are pulled over to the side of the road during fog than in other circumstances, making exiting for vehicle for repairs or maintenance on the roadside extremely dangerous. Don't take any chances this season and have your vehicles serviced at Scott Sherman Auto Care. We can help you ensure your vehicles are safe and reliable all winter long, so make an appointment today at our Seattle or Shoreline locations.
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