What’s the safest way to drive in the fog?

On Behalf of | May 18, 2021 | Car Accidents |

There are two schools of thought on driving in the fog. The first says that you should slow down. This feels natural. As visibility drops, you want to reduce your speed so that you can react better to the obstacles ahead of you. 

The second school of thought, though, says that everyone should maintain their speed. You can still see the road well enough to drive. Your main threat is slowing down and getting rear-ended by someone who doesn’t see you. If you all keep going at a normal speed, you avoid these accidents. 

So, who is right? Which tactic should you use?

Slow down and drive carefully

The truth is that your instinct to slow down is correct. The National Weather Service lists slowing down as the first thing you should do in the fog. You can also turn on your headlights and your hazard lights. If things get so bad that driving slowly is hard, you can pull off to the side of the road and wait for it to clear. 

You also want to think about liability. Generally, in a rear-end accident, the following driver is at fault. It is better to slow down and get hit from behind by someone else than to drive aggressively and hit another driver who has slowed down ahead of you. Never assume everyone is maintaining their normal speed. Slowing down is safer for all cars in the fog. 

What if you still get injured?

Driving safely in the fog doesn’t protect you from other driver’s mistakes. If you get injured when an errant driver hits you, you must look into your legal options for compensation for your losses. An attorney can help you learn more.