• March 14, 2012
  • Katlin Owens

Driving Safe and Staying Alive in Poor Visibility

by Matt Sampson,

After the horrific traffic accident on I-75 in Florida on Sunday, many are left not only wondering how this could happen, but what can be done to prevent it in the future. The best answer is often the most simple one, and that is the case here too. Stay alert, stay safe, and obey all traffic laws.

We have put together a slideshow here to give you some tips on the best ways to stay safe while driving in less than ideal conditions. Whether it's foggy, smoky, snowing or just dark out, keeping your wits about you in low-visibility conditions takes concentration.

Below are some great suggestions from both the California Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Watch the road for slow-moving or parked vehicles. In fog, use your wipers and defrosters to help improve your visibility.

Drive with your lights on low beam, because high beams reflect off the fog and reduce visibility.

Slow down and be aware of speedometer because low visibility can make it hard to tell how fast you're driving. Be sure that you can stop within the distance that you can actually see.

Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide, and signal turns well in advance. Brake early to give drivers behind you ample time to react.

If you must pull off the road, signal first and then drive as far to the right as possible. After pulling to the side, turn on your hazard lights and move away from the vehicle.

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