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Driving in the Fog

Little foggy today?  Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am pretty used to it.  Here are some great tips to help you out.  Some are my own, and a few came from the California Highway Patrol.

  • The first rule is if you are having trouble seeing for any reason you are allowed, and should, slow down.  For some this is easier said than done.
  • Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a "white wall" effect. You should still continue to use your lights though to make yourself more visible to other motorists.
  • Enjoy the air and roll down your windows a little bit.  Why?  So you can hear.  When I drove a lot I used to do this on sunny conditions.  You have the edge when you can hear someone sneaking up behind you on the right.
  • Don't drive until the fog is clear.  How hard is that?  One hour can make the world of difference.
  • If you live in an area with lots of fog you may want to invest in the yellow fog lights.  The yellow light will also help in depth perception.
  • Replace your windshield wipers every year.  I scotch guard mine periodically.  Do not use rubbing alcohol.
  • Slow down, and don't use the car in front of you as a guide.  What if they drive off a cliff?  Are you going to follow them?

Have a suggestion of your own?  I would love to hear from you, and more than willing to add it on the list.  Let me know!  Monkey Meter, the original road rage traffic reporter!

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