Massachusetts can be a pretty foggy state at times. With the rapid changes in weather, fog is common, especially along the coast. When fog becomes very thick in any area, it can quickly become dangerous for drivers. Because of that, it is important that all drivers in Massachusetts know how to travel safely through fog.
The safest way to drive through fog is to slow down. In any type of fog, visibility is reduced and the thicker the fog, the more visibility is reduced. This prevents drivers from hitting other vehicles, people, or animals in the road. It is important to also keep in mind that construction can be happening on any road at any time so driving slowly will give drivers plenty of time to see signage, obstacles in the road, or areas where portions of the road are being worked on. Even if construction workers are not on the road at the time, construction can cause accidents if one vehicle drives into the construction area.
Headlights should always be used in foggy conditions as this will allow other drivers to see the vehicle. High beams should never be used, as they can cause a great deal of glare and make it more difficult to see through fog. However, low beams should always be on and when a vehicle has fog lights, these should also be turned on.
Driving on unfamiliar roads can be particularly dangerous when driving through fog, as drivers may not know where the road bends and turns. Using the vehicles in front of the car can be a good guide, especially if they have turned their lights on, but it is important to keep a safe distance behind as those vehicles may need to stop suddenly. When drivers are uncomfortable using other cars as a guide, the line at the right-hand side of the road can also help. However, they should never use the center line as this can cause drivers to veer into another lane and hit oncoming traffic.
Cruise control is a feature on most vehicles but should never be used in foggy conditions. Since it will already be very difficult to see and a driver’s reaction time will already be greatly reduced, using cruise control can reduce that reaction time even further as it can make drivers more complacent, preventing them from seeing obstacles as quickly as they should.
When fog is incredibly thick, it can reduce visibility to zero. In these conditions, it is best for drivers not to attempt driving at all. Instead, they should pull off the roadway completely if possible, rather than just pulling over to the shoulder. This can create an obstacle for other vehicles and cause them to crash into the stopped vehicle.
It is also important for drivers to remember that the laws of negligence still apply, even in foggy conditions. When an accident occurs, a driver can still be held liable for the accident and be responsible for paying for expenses such as medical bills and car repairs to another driver. This is just one reason why it is so important to drive safely in foggy conditions and why it is important for individuals injured in a car accident to seek help from a personal injury lawyer, even when foggy conditions contributed to the accident.