How To Drive In Fog

Driving in general can come with risks, but the danger is increased when the weather changes. Foggy conditions can cause a lot of issues, so here are some quick tips to help you drive better in foggy and wintery conditions.

Top tips for driving in fog:

  1. Use fog lights! Fog lights can help you to see clearer in misty conditions, and help other drivers to see you too. You don’t have to use them, but your insurer might take issue if you’re in an accident in poor visibility and they weren’t on.



  2. Be aware of other drivers not using their lights. If another driver doesn’t think they need their lights on (or has forgotten to switch them on) this can cause a serious incident – so always be aware of others on the road.



  3. Only drive as fast as the conditions allow. You don’t want to speed up in poor visibility, not knowing whether there is something in front of you. Always watch your speed in foggy conditions, to reduce the risk of accidents.



  4. Allow a 3 second distance from the vehicle in front of you. You want to ensure you are a safe distance away from the vehicle in front in case they break suddenly. If it’s foggy this means the roads could be wet, so it may take longer for you to stop.



  5. Check your mirrors before you slow down. You want to ensure the vehicle behind you is far enough away so that if you break it does not cause an accident, but close enough so that you are visible.



  6. Open your windows to listen to traffic if you are struggling to see. This can be a massive help in situations where visibility is severely affected. But don’t just rely on sound, try your best to see around you as best as you can.

Remember that when it’s foggy, it can be harder to tell if other vehicles are moving. Many accidents happen because drivers don’t realise that the car in front of them has stopped. That’s why it’s safer to slow down and leave a larger stopping distance.


    The above guide is intended to provide general advice to learner drivers in the UK on how to drive safely in foggy conditions. It is not intended to be a definitive guide and should not be used as a substitute for professional driving instruction. The use of this guide is at the user’s own risk, and the creators of this guide cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur as a result of following this advice. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that they are properly trained and qualified to drive in snowy conditions, and to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road.


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