Tips on driving in the fog

Be sure to put on your headlights so other cars can see you.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Parts of western Massachusetts woke up to some pretty dense fog Wednesday morning. The fog reduced visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile in some spots. 

There are some important things to keep in mind when you’re driving in the fog. Be sure to put on your headlights so other cars can see you.

“I actually just bought fog lights coincidentally so it’s been working out pretty good,” said Aaron Smith of Springfield

Don’t use your high beams the light will be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more. It’s also important to reduce your speed when it’s foggy. 

“Mostly I just slow down, I’ll drive 10 to 15 mph slower in the fog than I normally would if the speed limit is 55 I’d probably do 40 and if I go slower I put my flashers on,” said Charlie McNeely of Salisbury, North Carolina.

McNeely, who is a truck driver, said if the fog is really dense he’ll get off the road and wait for it to lift. Also, when it’s foggy, you should listen for traffic you can’t see. You can open your window a little to help you hear better.

When it’s foggy be patient and allow yourself a little extra time to get to your destination.

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