Last updated: December 21, 2022 at 17:26 IST
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Winter has begun and thick fog is starting to blanket the states, so here are some tips and tricks for driving safely and avoiding accidents
A thick layer of fog has blanketed parts of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab as winter reaches its peak. Minimum temperatures also hovered below normal ranges, resulting in reduced visibility. One of the main problems in fog is driving.
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Low to near-zero visibility on the roads is indeed a major cause of accidents in winter. The best thing to do is to avoid driving, even if you are confident in your driving. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and plan your schedule and travel accordingly. However, if you cannot stay completely off the road when it is foggy outside, you must strictly observe the following safety measures:
keep headlights on low beam
Must see and be seen when visibility is already low. Setting your headlights on low beam helps a lot. Leaving the headlights on high beam is not advisable, as the fog reflects this light back, which only obstructs the driver’s view.
watch your speed
With low visibility, it can be difficult to judge your surroundings or react quickly enough to real-time road conditions if you’re speeding. Therefore, driving at a moderately slow speed will always help you avoid a collision or other accident.
stick to your lane
It’s hard to figure out when someone is changing lanes in dense fog. Other drivers are often startled, which can lead to a collision. It’s best to concentrate on one part of the road and stick to single lanes.
keep windows clean
Maintain as clear a view as possible. Clean the inside and outside of the windshield to make sure nothing is obstructing your view.
The key to driving safely in fog is patience. Do not try to overtake. Why? This can distract the drivers ahead or catch them off guard and not give them time to slow down.
distance to vehicle
It is recommended to keep an appropriate distance from the vehicle ahead. This will give you plenty of time to react, slow down and stop if needed. Pileups often occur when vehicles follow each other without maintaining proper spacing.
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