Be careful while driving during foggy days
Prishtina, 23 November 2018
Driving a vehicle during the fall and winter months as a result of changing seasonal temperatures is more dangerous, so all drivers need to be more careful. During this period with the presence of fog on the road driving is dangerous because visibility is reduced and this can contribute to causing traffic accidents. To be always safe while driving, the Kosovo Association of Motorization AMRKS gives these five tips for driving in the fog:
1. Slow down. If you cannot see where you are going, stop driving and pull over your vehicle off the road. If the visibility is limited due to the fog, reduce and regulate your speed to the road conditions, because thick fog masks the sensation of speed by removing visual indicators of velocity.
2. Use low-beam headlights. When visibility is restricted, a driver’s natural tendency is to activate the high-beam headlights. Driving the vehicle with high-beam headlights reflects off of the fog and back at your vehicle.
3. Use fog lights. If your vehicle has front fog lights, they can help illuminate the road ahead and make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Some vehicles have rear fog lights, which help drivers who are following you to see your vehicle from a greater distance.
4. Use the right-side pavement line as a guide. In thick fog, use the white line painted on the right side of the road as a guide. Do not use the center pavement markings, because doing so will guide you to move closer to oncoming vehicles, which are also driven by people having trouble seeing where they are going.
5. Do not stop on the road. When you cannot see where you are going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights. Leaving your lights on may cause drivers to think that your taillights indicate the lane of travel, which could cause a collision.