As we are now fully into the autumnal season and rapidly approaching winter, there is an increasing chance of facing foggy conditions when using UK roads. As most are already aware, driving in fog can be extremely dangerous, that is why Canterbury Motoring World have put together some useful information and advice to help us all this winter.
According to the MET Office, foggy conditions occur when tiny water droplets are suspended in the air, their website states that the official definition of fog is “a visibility of less than 1000 meters” but severe disruption to transport occurs mainly when the visibility levels fall below 50 meters.
Rules 234-236 of the Highway Code apply to how to drive in foggy conditions, they include the following:
- Watch your speed – slow down in adverse weather conditions
- Check your mirrors – use all of them as regularly as possible
- Look out for warning signs on the road – especially on the motorway there will be signs if there is a risk of fog
- Use your fog lights as required – if the road that you are driving on has street lights then you most probably don’t need to have your vehicle’s fog lights on rule 236 of the Highway Code specifically states that you “must not use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights” – it is a legal requirement for all cars in the UK to be fitted with rear fog lights
- Keep your distance between you and the car in front of you
- Beware of other vehicles that may not be driving appropriately in foggy conditions – for example if they are not using their fog lights when needed
In addition to these highway code regulations, here at Canterbury Motoring World we also advise:
- Make sure you know how to use your fog lights as it is easy to confuse them on some vehicles with headlights or full beam setting
- Don’t rely on the automatic lights setting in your vehicle
- Don’t stop in inappropriate places, ensure you find a safe place to pull over where you are as visible as possible to other motorists and completely out of their way
- Use your other senses, for example at junctions where visibility is severely reduced then try to listen for oncoming traffic
- Use the white line painted to the right hand side of the road next to the pavement as a guide to where you are sitting in the road
Author: Rebecca McGinty