How to Drive Safely in Fog

It’s happened to all of us. In the middle of clear and sunny days, you wake up one morning, look out the window, and appear to be living in one big white cloud. Fog seems to be more frequent in fall and winter, but still makes appearances throughout the entire year.

With something that recurs as often as fog, it’s good to know the safest ways to drive when you find yourself needing to venture out before the white fluff lifts back up to the sky.

Fog Survival Tips

Slow Down

You’re thinking “duh…”, but really, how many times have you seen someone whiz past you when the conditions “obviously” call for slower driving? Fog can be dangerous because you can come into sudden patches of dense fog and have no sign of when it will let up, until it does.

Some fog obscures any visibility past your own car, which is why you need to slow down and drive carefully and aware of your surroundings as much as possible. Make sure to keep enough stopping distance in front of you for any unseen obstructions that suddenly pop into view.

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Use Low Beam Headlights

Every Subaru has a set of low beams, and high beams. You most likely automatically turn on your high beams whenever you use your headlights at night.

But be careful in the fog, you want to make sure you only use your low beam lights which will help you see as much of the ground as possible. The high beams are dangerous because they cause the light to reflect and refract off the fog, messing with your visibility even more.

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Concentrate on the Fog Line

What is the fog line? It is that handy white line on the right side of the road that has been placed for these specific conditions. During fog and other difficult driving conditions (i.e. snow) the white line is much easier to see than the yellow line in the middle of the road.

Keeping your eye on the white line will help you stay within the limits of the road and navigate any twists and turns, while being safe from drifting into any other lanes. Some streets will even have roadside reflectors to make this process even easier.

Use Your Ears

With limited visibility you want to let some of your other senses help out. Turn off the radio and music, put your phone down, and roll down your window. Listen for other cars and traffic to help gauge where you are, and where you are going.

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Limit Excess Moisture

Have as clear view as possible through your windshield by limiting the moisture in your view. Turn on your defroster and your windshield wipers to keep the outside portion clear. (Quick Tip: keep a chalkboard eraser in your Subaru for foggy windshields, for a mess free wipe!)

If you have any questions about fog, safety, or your Subaru, reach out to us. Your safety is always priority. Click here to schedule an appointment at Suburb Service, or call (206) 364-8089 to reach our Seattle office

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