Driving in fog is considered to be a dangerous weather hazard, especially if it is exceptionally dense fog. As at today December 11, the harmattan has spread into many West African cities like Lagos. Foggy conditions are the number one cause of large multi car pile ups. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of a crash due to reduce visibility:
Stay focused on the road. Driving in fog is not a time for multi-tasking.
Slow down. Driving at normal speeds in fog can be very dangerous. If you cannot see where you’re going, don’t drive fast.
Always low-beam headlights, never brights. Avoid using high-beam headlights in fog as fog consists of tiny water droplets that spread and reflect off light and back at your vehicle.
Use fog lights. If your vehicle has front fog lights, they can help illuminate the road and make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Some vehicles have rear fog lights, which help motorists who are following you to see your vehicle from a greater distance.
Allow more distance between vehicles.
Do not stop on the road. When you cannot see where you are going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights. Leaving your lights on may cause motorists to think that your taillights indicate the lane of travel, which could cause a collision.
Use the right edge of the road as a guide. This can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming headlights.