POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:37am
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Fog can create dangerous driving conditions in south Louisiana. If you encounter any low visibility, then remember to use extra-caution while driving. Here are five, foggy-weather, safety tips to use:
1. Lights ON: Low Beam
Drive with your lights on. Use the normal, low beam headlight setting on your vehicle. Although it is tempting to turn on your high-beams or "brights" in low visibility, the brighter light can actually reflect the light more and impair your vision.
2. Slow Down: Be Patient
Speeding, especially in foggy weather, is extremely dangerous. Reduce your speed, be patient and focus on the road ahead of you. Fog surrounding your car can create an optical illusion of slow motion, when, in fact, you may be speeding. Closely monitor your speedometer.
3. Minimize Distractions: Cell Phone, Loud Music
It is important to minimize distractions behind the wheel. Put your cell phone away, turn down the radio and be aware of your surroundings. Remember, texting while driving is illegal in Louisiana.
4. Use Wipers/Defroster
Windshield wipers can help push away moisture from your view. Also, the defroster setting on your air vents can reduce the amount of condensation that builds up on your windshield. Using both in thick fog can maximize your visibility.
5. Pull Over: DO NOT STOP
First of all, If you feel it is too dangerous to drive, wait inside for improving weather.
If you are already driving, then use the right, painted road markings as a guide.
In a case where you encounter fog and feel it is not safe to drive any longer, turn off the road into a parking lot or rest area. If you are not able to find an exit, merge slowly onto right shoulder. DO NOT STOP on the interstate or heavily traveled road.
If your car stalls or becomes disabled, turn your vehicle's lights off, and take your foot off of the brake pedal. People tend to follow tail lights, when driving in fog, and may think they can safely merge behind you. Safely exit your vehicle and find a safe place to wait for help to arrive.
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