You get up in the morning, ready to head to work or school. You step outside and can’t see your hand in front of your face. A thick fog has settled in; the landscape is a hazy wash of white. But you can’t call out on account of fog. So, you get in your car and make the risky drive. But do you know how to protect yourself? Can you navigate the fog without getting in an accident?
A Colorado Springs woman set out one foggy morning this week and whether she was driving carefully or not, another car heading toward her definitely wasn’t. A teen driver, making his way to school, took a left turn directly in front the woman. She smashed into his car with an impact strong enough to leave her injured. The teen blamed the fog for obscuring his vision but was ultimately cited for careless driving.
Foggy conditions aren’t an excuse for driving carelessly, but these conditions do add unique hazards. However, there are steps you can take to stay safe and hopefully avoid a Colorado Springs car accident. The first thing is to be aware of weather conditions before you even get on the road; that way you can give yourself extra time to make your trip and won’t be pressed for time. The worst thing you can do while driving in fog is be in a rush.
You’ll want to have your head lights on but NOT your high beams. High beams will actually make the situation worse, since the light bounces off the fog and back into your eyes. If possible you should also turn off your radio and roll down your windows. If you can’t see the cars around you, it’s going to be important to hear them. Keep a safe distance from the vehicles near you as you’ll want the extra response time if the car in front of you suddenly brakes.
These are just a few simple tips, but the most important – if the conditions are extremely bad, don’t drive. Nothing is worth getting yourself or a loved one injured in an accident.
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Source. KKTV.com, ‘http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Crash-On-Springs-NE-Side-Leaves-1-Injured-201254281.html#.UV2EphdJNCM,’ April 01, 2013.
Source. HowStuffWorks, ‘http://www.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/5-completely-wrong-ways-to-drive-in-fog.htm#page=5,’ Christopher Neigher, 2013.