Dense fog makes for dangerous driving conditions, Franklin County deputies offer tips

Dense fog makes for dangerous driving conditions, Franklin County deputies offer tips
Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is sharing fog driving tips for those whose memory is a little foggy.

Recently, dense fog has been seen throughout our area, and it can make commutes more difficult.

In response, deputies are offering these tips:

” – Leave plenty of distance between your car and the one in front of you. Decreased visibility means longer braking times, so that added space is your friend.
– Speaking of visibility: ditch your car’s high beams. Low beams are better in the fog.
– Resist the common urge to use the lights of any vehicles in front of you as a guide. This can actually cause you to focus too much on the narrow patch of landscape in front of you – causing you to miss other things!
– Skip cruise control. Foggy roads can have surprises waiting, and it’s best to maintain complete control of your car.
– Follow the right-side line of the road to guide you. That’s easy enough to remember! Roadside reflectors can help guide you, as well.
– Stay home when the fog is bad (if possible!). Fog can make driving scary and dangerous. The best advice for driving in the fog is DON’T! ”

They also want to remind drivers that fog is a type of moisture that, when it freezes, can make for slick roads. This paired with limited visibility can make for disastrous driving conditions. So, increase your following distance, and slow down.

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