If your work involves driving, chances are you’ve noticed it’s been a bit foggy of late. With hundreds of flights cancelled, numerous road accidents and countless traffic and weather warnings any cause for reduced visibility is extremely dangerous.
Here at constructaquote.com we understand the risks you face whilst driving a van or HGV in adverse weather conditions and have put together our top 10 tips to help you see through the mist.
constructaquote.com’s Top 10 tips for driving in foggy weather:
• The Highway Code states that your van’s headlights must be used when visibility is less than 100 metres (that’s roughly the length of a football pitch).
• Headlights should be dipped at all times. High beams will reflect back off the fog, impairing visibility even more.
• Don’t attempt to navigate using the car in front’s tail lights, as this could lead you to getting too close and not leaving sufficient stopping distance.
• Remember to turn your fog lights off as soon as conditions improve – don’t flick them on and off when you see oncoming traffic as this could distract drivers.
• As fog dramatically reduces visibility, motorists must reduce their speeds significantly to ensure the roads are safe for both themselves and other users. If in doubt, follow the ‘two-second rule’ to leave sufficient space between you and the car in front.
• Before setting off, ensure that your vans fuel tank is full, as using lights and heating can use a lot more fuel than usual.
• Make sure your mobile phone has a fully-charged battery and bring along an adaptor if available.
• If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic. If you still can’t see, consider stopping until it is safe to continue.
• Despite taking every precaution accidents can happen anytime, anywhere so make sure your van insurance will provide you with the right level of cover to protect you in the event of a claim.
If you want to find out more, see the RAC website for more details.