Ask The Expert – How not to let fog cloud your driver safety

We’re all aware that driving in winter comes with additional challenges. From being aware and prepared for low sunlight impairing driver vision, to increasing distance between vehicles to allow for wet or icy conditions.

Another common winter weather is fog, as we have already experienced this year across the UK, so it’s key to prepare your drivers for this to protect your fleet. Prevent crashes in foggy conditions by following the same, basic principles that apply in other adverse weather conditions: slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.

Fog can limit visibility to less than 15 meters, creating hazardous driving conditions. If you are driving at 60 miles per hour, that’s just over half a second in front of you. Sometimes it is better to delay your trip until conditions have improved because drivers often underestimate the dangers.

If foggy conditions appear while your drivers are on the road, they can follow these tips:

  • Drive with lights on low beam or fog lights. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and can actually impair visibility, creating a ‘white wall’ effect;
  • Reduce your speed and mind your speedometer as fog creates a visual illusion that you may be travelling slower than you actually are;
  • Increase the distance to the vehicle ahead of you to ensure you have enough reaction time and stopping distance

Planning is a vital part of protecting yourself and drivers from harm when driving in wintery conditions. Drivers can access the Drivers Club  site locator to help them plan their journey and be aware of available stops along the way if weather conditions do deteriorate.

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