Top Three Worst Mistakes While Driving in FogMississippi Legal News
At one point or another, every driver has traveled through some type of inclement weather. Most people have to deal with rain, but others handle conditions like snow or even sandstorms. However, one often overlooked weather condition is fog. We may not think about the dangers of fog while driving initially, but once fog settles in, so does fear.
Visibility impairment is among the most dangerous conditions in an automobile, placing it on par with driving blind. With fog, drivers fail to notice road hazards, struggle to follow the road, and cannot spot other drivers. Weather impairments are a true adversary to drivers, causing over 20% of all automobile accidents in America. How can drivers avoid an automobile accident in conditions as dangerous as a thick fog?
Though weather conditions contribute to accidents, the accidents themselves still occur through human error and mistakes. People become hasty and anxious while driving through inclement weather conditions and end up making critical mistakes. By knowing some of the worst mistakes made while driving in fog, you can avoid the disaster of an accident.
Refusing to Slow Down
When inclement weather develops, your first instinct might be hurrying to your destination as soon as possible. But by speeding, you put yourself, other drivers, nearby pedestrians, and passengers all in danger.
In fog, roads might be wet due to mist, humidity, or rain, meaning acceleration could lead to hydroplaning. Furthermore, due to the limited visibility of fog, you might be unable to see the dangers that lie ahead. You perhaps overlook a deer crossing the road in time to brake. In other cases, you might crash into a driver in front of you due to lacking reaction time.
You must slow down in the fog not only to avoid what you cannot see but avoid getting hurt.
Using Your High Beams
Lacking visibility while driving can be one of the most terrifying experiences when behind the wheel. You have little understanding of where you are and no idea of what may be in front of you. This makes certain driving conditions like driving late at night unnerving for some drivers, especially newer ones. Therefore, our first thought would be reducing our lack of visibility with tools such as a vehicle’s high beams.
However, you should never under any circumstances use your high beams during foggy conditions. This sounds strange at first, but high beams can be detrimental for navigating through fog. In weather conditions including fog, high beams shine directly into the precipitation and reflect the light back at you. Doing this creates a glare that further reduces your visibility while driving. Instead of using your high beams, stick to your usual low beams. Some cars even have headlights with an extra mode build for traversing through inclement weather like fog.
Tailgating Other Vehicles
At first, tailgating seems like an avoidable no-brainer to most drivers on the road, even in clear conditions. But some drivers tailgate as a strategy to navigate through foggy weather. By watching rear-end and brake lights in front of them, drivers follow where to go and when to slow down.
But just like tailgating normally, you have no idea what hazards might be in front of other drivers. Even worse, the driver in front of you lacks just as much visibility. By tailgating, you put both yourself, the other driver, and all passengers at risk. You have no way to be sure when and if the driver in front of you may slam the brakes due to another hazard. Practice tailgating just as you would normally: by avoiding it entirely.
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost an important family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at (601) 487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.