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Staying safe when you have to drive in heavy fog

With the notorious gray weather of Washington, it is not unusual for you to encounter days when fog is prevalent and the air seems thick. While you may be used to this weather, driving in it requires you to pay extra attention as your visibility is greatly limited. At Elk + Elk, we have helped many victims of motor vehicle accidents. 

If you check the weather forecast or look out your window and notice that it is foggy, it is imperative that you plan a bit of extra time to get to where you need to go. Because of the reduced visibility, you will need to drive slower than usual and other drivers around you will be doing the same. As such, make sure you allow yourself enough time to safely complete your commute without the stress of running late. 

According to The Travelers Companies Inc., a common mistake that you may make when driving in fog is to turn on your high-beam lights to increase your visibility. However, doing this can actually cause the intense light to reflect off of the fog and back into your eyes which actually makes your visibility worse. However, your low-beam lights should remain on indefinitely to help you to be noticed by other drivers. You should also be extra cautious in paying attention to where you are going and the area around your vehicle. On foggy days, consider turning your radio down and eliminating anything that may distract you or cause you to lose focus on the road ahead of you. 

When you are prepared to drive in the fog, you may be more confident in your ability to safely get from one place to another. For more information, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, visit our web page.  

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