Driving Tip: Dealing With Fog and Dust

Posted on November 20, 2013 by - Also by this author

DRIVING GEM: The season is upon us where areas that are prone to fog will soon be covered in a blanket of white soup. It can be challenging. Driving in fog, blowing dust or smoke should always be done with the headlights on LOW beam. You might think that the power of your high beams will help you see better but the reverse effect will occur. Use low beams. Double the following distance you would normally maintain with the vehicle in front of you. If you can follow safely, follow the tail lamps of the car in front of you but maintain enough distance that if they should slam on the brakes, you have time to react. Turn your emergency flashers on if you are worried about someone rear ending you. Use the right side striped lines as a guide but don't allow your right front wheels to touch or cross it. Sometimes people become so panicked that they pull off on the shoulder but not completely out of traffic. Expect this and be ready to react. Keep your window cracked so that you can hear a collision occurring around you. — Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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