Fog Warnings: Driving Tips to Keep you Safe
Fog is a major threat to traffic safety, especially in Florida and other areas of the Southeast. Motorists involved in fog-related accidents will probably need legal assistance, the type available from Tampa personal injury attorneys. Fortunately, there are some driving tips that you can follow that will help to keep you out of trouble in the first place.
Watch Your Speed and Distance
In addition to obstructing your visibility, fog distorts your speed and your distance to fixed objects and other vehicles. Reducing your speed below the posted limit and monitoring your speedometer can greatly lower the risk of running into something. In the event you need to stop due to zero visibility, drive as far off the pavement as possible and turn off your lights to prevent someone from thinking you are still on the road.
Use Your Lights Carefully
You will need your lights, especially in the dark, but keep them on low beam to prevent a reflection that can totally wash out your visibility. Fog lights, which are usually mounted on the bumper, can be beneficial because they are aimed at the ground and can reduce the reflection problem.
Watch the Road Carefully
You should use for reference the right side of the pavement or the line marking the edge, especially on undivided roads. Use of the centerline could guide your vehicle closer to the oncoming lane, and an opposing driver doing the same can result in a head-on collision.
Avoid Driving Distractions
Fog or other bad weather conditions demand your full concentration on your driving. This is not the time to tune into your favorite music station or to converse with your passengers, unless they are specifically giving you information to help you navigate. You need to watch the road, watch out for lights and signs and, especially, make sure you are keeping a safe distance from vehicles ahead of you.
If You Experience an Accident
If you have been involved in a fog-related accident, Tampa personal injury attorneys can provide you with the legal assistance you deserve. This is why you should consider turning to the law firm of Wagner McLaughlin. We have years of experience in automobile-related injury cases and would be happy to discuss your case with you.