Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Thick Fog

 

March 02, 2014

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<p>Photo by Anita Hart via flickr.</p>

Photo by Anita Hart via Flickr.

VIDEO: Driving Safely in Fog 

                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8weiu4mD2nQ

Thick morning fog in Cape Coral, Fla., on Feb. 26 led to a T-bone collision between a school bus and a sports car, resulting in injuries to the sports car driver. Fortunately, just one of the 22 students in the bus suffered an injury and it was minor, WBBH NBC-2 News reported. Eyewitnesses noted that the sports car’s headlights hadn’t been on, prompting local authorities to warn the public about a trend they’ve noticed recently. 

Because many cars today have headlamps programmed to automatically turn on at night, some drivers have come to assume their lights are on whenever needed. It’s a wrong assumption because these lights don’t turn on automatically in foggy conditions during daylight hours. 

Last week this sports car collided with a school bus during thick morning fog in Cape Coral, Fla. Photo courtesy of Cape Coral Fire Department Twitter page.
Last week this sports car collided with a school bus during thick morning fog in Cape Coral, Fla. Photo courtesy of Cape Coral Fire Department Twitter page.

Here are some other tips, provided by the California DMV, to help your fleet drivers stay safe in fog conditions:

  • If possible, postpone your trip (if you’re lucky enough to know about the fog beforehand).
  • If you’re not so lucky and must drive, then drive slowly and use your low-beam headlights. The light from high beams will reflect back and cause glare. Never drive with just your parking or fog lights.
  • Increase your following distance and be prepared to stop within the space you can see ahead.
  • Avoid crossing or passing lanes of traffic unless absolutely necessary.
  • Listen for traffic you cannot see.
  • Use your wipers and defroster as necessary. If the fog becomes so thick that you can barely see, pull completely off the road. Stop driving until visibility improves. Turn off your lights or someone may see your taillights and drive into you.

To watch a video from DefensiveDriving.com that offers more advice on driving in fog, click on the top photo or link above.

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Illinois DOT Warns Drivers About Threat of Standing Water

Photo via Wikimedia.
Photo via Wikimedia.

With winter coming to a end soon the rains will begin. We know what that brings, that is right standing water in the roadways and flooding. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued an advisory warning motorists to travel with extreme caution since rain and thawing snow could lead to standing water on low-lying roads.

IDOT offered the following driving tips:

  • Do not drive through flooded areas.
  • If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so.
  • If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Don’t crowd the plow – a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
  • Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear, and the unseen ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas — all are prone to black ice, which is often invisible.
  • Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
  • Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you must make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.
  • Always carry an emergency car-care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit.
  • Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.
  • Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency situation).
  • Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back – it’s the law.