A Little Foggy On Safe Driving? AAA Wants to Help

A man takes a stroll in the fog at River Legacy Park in North Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory Tuesday morning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The heavy fog has delayed some flights in North Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

(WTNH) — With the warmer and cooler weather snaps we’ve been having, there have been a few fog warnings in our recent forecasts. AAA is reminding drivers to stay safe when the mist rolls in.

AAA’s spokesperson Amy Parmenter says the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found hundreds of people die and thousands of people are hurt every year due to accidents caused by fog.

If you’re behind the wheel when a thick fog has settled in, make sure you slow down and turn on your low-beam headlights. Other cars and trucks as well as traffic lights can sometimes be hidden by the fog until it’s too late for drivers to stop in enough time to prevent accidents. When you slow down, you give yourself a little more time to react while the low-beam headlights don’t bounce off the mist. Low-beam headlights help you see the roadway more clearly while also helping other drivers see you better.

AAA asks you to keep a few more things in mind:

  • Use your windshield wipers to increase your visibility even more and reduce any glare from oncoming cars or trucks
  • If your car has daytime running lights or DRLs, you may need to manually turn on your headlights so your tail lights also turn on
  • Avoid any sudden stops, and remember that larger vehicles need more distance to slow down or stop.
  • On the occasion that you do need to stop, try and pull off of the road or highway as far as you safely can
  • Lastly, if you’re driving in really thick, severe fog, your emergency flashers may add another tool to your arsenal to make you more visible to other drivers.

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