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Top 10 tips for staying safe in the fog

Driving through thick fog is something we’ve all experienced. However, unlike snow or heavy rain, it can appear without warning and result in hazardous driving conditions. That’s why we’ve come up with 10 tips for staying safe in the fog this winter

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Make sure your lights and screens are clear

Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working. Wait until both the front and rear screens have demisted and never attempt to clear them as you’re driving along.

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RussR    on 26 January 2017

I'd like to add that you should keep an eye on the rear view mirror and when a car is behind you, turn off your rear fog light. If there is nothing behind you, turn it on again.

J Butcher    on 26 January 2017

I'd like to add that you should keep an eye on the rear view mirror and when a car is behind you, turn off your rear fog light. If there is nothing behind you, turn it on again.

Surely if someone is so close behind you that your rear fog is too bright theen he is much too close. Your rear fog is your protection. Leave it on!

johnwj    on 26 January 2017

Completely disagree with leaving rear fogs on with a car behind. Stupid idiots do. Rear fogs ALWAYS dazzle even when you are at a safe distance. Drivers should put them off when there is a car behind them. What really is stupid is when drivers have them on when there is no fog. Same with front fog lights. Why is it that some drivers have them on when it is totally clear???!!!

DaveWK    on 26 January 2017

Completely disagree with leaving rear fogs on with a car behind. Stupid idiots do. Rear fogs ALWAYS dazzle even when you are at a safe distance. Drivers should put them off when there is a car behind them. What really is stupid is when drivers have them on when there is no fog. Same with front fog lights. Why is it that some drivers have them on when it is totally clear???!!!

True. Speed limiter should cut in when rear fog lights are on. 30mph or less, shouldn't be driving faster than that in fog. Same with horn, sound it and device should cause engine to stall. 99% of use is aggressive. Dangerous police pursuits not necessary with modern technology. Transponder to cut the fuel pump which police could operate remotely.

Stevemmm    on 26 January 2017

I'd like to add that you should keep an eye on the rear view mirror and when a car is behind you, turn off your rear fog light. If there is nothing behind you, turn it on again.

Surely if someone is so close behind you that your rear fog is too bright theen he is much too close. Your rear fog is your protection. Leave it on!

Yes, your rear fog light is to protect you from not being seen. So when someone has obviously seen you and hasn't crashed into the back of you then turn off you rear fog lights. They are dazzling and make your brake lights less visible!!

peerlessgt    on 28 January 2017

Absolutely HATE rear foglamps. the only time they can be justified is in thick daylight fog... using them at night is totally stupid. regular tail lights can be seen perfectly well at night in fog. if you can see regular taillights in night fog, you don't need rear fogs. If you can see them they can see you. Hateful people that switch everything on at the slightest wisp of mist, and leave them on for the next three weeks. at night they are dangerously dazzling, nothing to do with how close you are, they are stupidly bright at 100 yards, .. and , as they outshine brake lamps and indicators, you have very little idea if the guy in front is actually stopping or turning. I get a little satisfaction by driving on main beams in fog... ( nah, not really) . but I have done, sometimes just to show my disapproval at people that park on the wrong side of the road with their headlights on. . Dangerous, illegal and worth a smack in the kisser... I have spoken.

Edited by peerlessgt on 28/01/2017 at 00:11

Dodgey    on 28 January 2017

I'd like to add that you should keep an eye on the rear view mirror and when a car is behind you, turn off your rear fog light. If there is nothing behind you, turn it on again.

Surely if someone is so close behind you that your rear fog is too bright theen he is much too close. Your rear fog is your protection. Leave it on!

If visibility is less than whatever the highway code states then foglights should be on. I always found this questionable in stop go traffic. Biggest problem is folks forget to turn them off when conditions change and will ruin your night vision.

dickydoo    on 26 January 2017

johnwj

The reason people leave their fog lights on when there is no fog is that they think it looks 'cool' and also makes them look 'hard'
More often than not the cars you see with fog lights on when there is no fog are X, W, Y registrations

I rest my case

Brittany M    on 26 January 2017

"Turn off rear foglights" why? IF the vehicle behind is hampered by glare it's too close and the remedy is in the driver's hands. Personally. I've never suffered glare from rear foglights and am happy to see them, turning them off may only encourage the driver to come closer.

"Speed limiter, horn stalls the engine.." Is it sensible to limit the speed when visibility can vary and change rapidly up to 100m or cause a vehicle to stall and become a stationary hazard in fog?

On the positive side, in fog, if you have a vehicle with adjustable headlights and are not fully laden, say just driver and 1 passenger, turn the headlights down and try main beam, the reduced glare works for me, particularly when visibility is between 50m and 100m. Obviously dip your lights for oncoming traffic.

I totally agree with the criticism of the increasing numbers of drivers using front foglights unnecessarily, The additional glare at night is distracting and if visibility is greater than 100m., I believe it is illegal and the police should prosecute them.

peerlessgt    on 28 January 2017

turning them off may only encourage the driver to come closer.

what planet are you on? that's plain provocative....., If you have them on I am tempted to drive right up your a*** with full beams... the spirit of driving is that you be considerate to other drivers, courteous, allow some slack . don't be agressive. none of it will matter in the slightest in ten minutes time, or ten years time, be calm and cool .

Odefrt    on 26 January 2017

Re Foglights.
One time I was crawling along on the M62 early morning, dark, thick fog, snow & ice with some numpty right up my backside, I shouted out of the window at him to back off, he shouted back "I can't", so he got the fog lights, they are a necessary knobhead deterrent.

peerlessgt    on 28 January 2017

In all seriousness, I know it's a pain being tailgated, but it's not your responsibility, your responibility is what is in front of you. not behind. if you're watching the mirror, you're not watching the road ..

Edited by peerlessgt on 28/01/2017 at 00:17

Kelvin Turner    on 27 January 2017

As a professional motorcyclist and blood biker, the issue of fog lights is a pain in the a***. Why do you car numpties drive with the front ones on when it's not foggy? Is it some sort of cock-measuring device? In the rain, a favourite time to switch them on it seems, it's bordering on dangerous as you dazzle on-coming traffic and with rain running down my visor I'm blinded. I really don't think the average person knows what all the warning lights are on their dash. Also why do you sit with your foot on the brake at traffic lights or level crossings? The modern car has a bewildering array of LED brake lights that melt the putty in my glasses, so apply the handbrake and take your foot off the brake as the Highway Code instructs, otherwise you will get twin 100 watt beams in your rear view mirror from me. Get a grip you t*****s!

jebedee    on 27 January 2017

"Also why do you sit with your foot on the brake at traffic lights or level crossings?"

Read Driving Manuals re. short and long stops, esp.in an automatic.

Odefrt    on 28 January 2017

"As a professional motorcyclist and blood biker, the issue of fog lights is a pain in the a***. Why do you car numpties drive with the front ones on when it's not foggy? Is it some sort of cock-measuring device?"


Likely the same reason the BMW R1200GS bike riders do, I would imagine. Probably the same numpties that do it when they're driving their cars.

I shouldn't need to remind you of the statistics, but I will:
www.dyingtoride.org/stats.htm

Jeremy S    on 31 January 2017

No-one has mentioned the two most dangerous things that are occurring at the moment - 1) people driving in fog with NO lights on at all and 2) peoples who have cars with those daylight running lights, thinking that's sufficient in fog or even at night time - clearly have no idea that they are only on the front of their car, not the back, so they are invisible until you're almost upon them.

People with their fog lights on unnecessarily -v- people with no lights at all? I know which I'd prefer.

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