Top tips to drive safe in Indian foggy winters

  • It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to driving a car in the north Indian foggy conditions.
Driving in cold, foggy conditions is a challenge for drivers around the world. Basic safety measures can ensure a pleasant experience. (AP)
Driving in cold, foggy conditions is a challenge for drivers around the world. Basic safety measures can ensure a pleasant experience.

Come winter, a number of accidents are reported in parts of northern India, especially due to fog. Delhi and the rest of north India are again witnessing a cold wave and intense fog. Not just flight and train services are being cancelled or delayed due to fog, locals are also finding it difficult to drive on the streets due to poor visibility. Drivers have to be extra cautious to avoid accidents.

If you are stepping out and planning to drive to your destination and there is fog outside, here are a few steps that you should follow:

Ensure windows, lights and windshield is clean

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Before you step into the car, make sure that windows, headlights, fog lights, parking lights, brake lights and windshield are clean to ensure greater visibility. Clean the windscreen of your vehicle, both from the inside and the outside, so that you don't have to stress your eyes to see the road ahead.

Maintain a safe distance between vehicles

Ensure your seat belts are on while you are driving. During fog like situation, be extra cautious and apply brakes well in advance if you can spot a vehicle ahead of you. Keep a good distance between your vehicle and the ones ahead of you.

Use indicator and parking lights while driving

Make sure that indicators as well as parking lights of your vehicle are functional. They help the vehicle behind you know about your movement in fog. Before taking turn, ensure that you are turning on the indicator of the right direction at least 15 seconds in advance as it will give some time to the vehicle coming from behind to slow down.

Set headlights on low beam

Drivers should set the headlights of their vehicles on low beam to increase visibility. It also allows drivers to see if there is any speed breaker ahead

Avoid speeding and overtaking

Try and avoid speeding and overtaking. Due to low visibility, it becomes difficult to know what is there in your surrounding and react quickly. If you drive at normal speed then it will be easy to react to your surroundings.

The best method of driving when there is fog is to drive with utmost patience. Overtaking can lead to accidents and the driver on the vehicle ahead of you may not be aware of you and would be difficult for him/her to react due to low visibility.

Stick to your lane

It becomes really difficult to spot if someone has switched lanes during fog, which means the driver of the other side might get into the wrong lane and it may lead to collision. It is therefore recommended to follow a particular lane.

Be alert and keep ears active while driving

Listening attentively helps as it will help you pick up sounds indicating the movement of vehicles, as well as horns which would help you gauge the distance of other vehicles on the road. When taking your vehicle out on a foggy day, make sure that you are not on call, or listening to music.

Turn on the heater of your vehicle

Make sure you turn on the heater or blower inside your car to clear the condensation. Condensation obstructs visibility of driver leading to untoward incidents such as collision when there is intense fog outside.

First Published Date: 20 Dec 2019, 11:00 AM IST

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