Safety Corner: Tips for driving in fog

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• As you enter fog, check your mirrors and slow down. If visibility is 50 meters and below, speed must be reduced to 50 km per hour or slower, depending on the density of the fog. This also applies on the Autobahn.
• Use your windscreen wipers and de-misters.
• Tap your foot brake lightly so that brake lights will warn drivers behind you.
• Drive with low beams and fog lights if visibility is reduced so you can be seen. High beams will reflect off the fog and actually impair visibility even more. Remember, it’s an offense to use high-intensity rear fog lights if visibility is greater than 50 meters.
• Don’t follow tail lights. Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide and enlarge the safety distance to the vehicle ahead. Quick braking and accelerating should be avoided.
• Listen for traffic that you cannot see. Turn off the radio and open the window a little.
• If you park your car on a road, try to get your vehicle completely off the road and move away from the vehicle to avoid injury. You could be rear-ended.