Ark-La-Tex Under Thick Fog This Morning, Be Careful
This morning was very eerie driving into work. I couldn't really see much in front of me and I kept praying that every car out on the road had its lights on.
This Is a Good Time to Remember Not to Use High Beams in Dense Fog
Did you know that using your high beams actually affects how much you can see? It limits your visibility, it does the exact opposite of what people think it does. Don't use high-beams, all that will do is reflect the light back in your eyes. It makes it worse for you and other drivers around you.
If you can, use your fog lights on top of those low-beam headlights if you have them.
The Shreveport National Weather Service has Issued a Dense Fog Advisory
It was for Wednesday night and it is scheduled to last well into midmorning on Thursday, December 30th. It covers northeast Texas, Oklahoma, and southwest Arkansas.
Thankfully we have State Farm that has a list of tips for us when it comes to navigating the roads in dense fog.
How to Drive in Fog According to State Farm;
- "Minimize distractions. Silence your cell phone and the stereo. Put distractions like your cell phone in a place where you won’t be tempted to reach for them while driving, like the glove compartment."
- "Reduce your speed. Because you can't see the road or other vehicles, a low speed can help you react safely."
- "Roll down your window. This allows you to listen for cars and emergency vehicles."
- "Use roadside reflectors as a guide. The markings can help you navigate twists and turns."
- "Turn off cruise control. This will maximize your control of your vehicle.
- "Use windshield wipers and defrosters. These will help limit excess moisture on the window and reduce glare."
- "Drive with low beams and fog lights. High beams/brights can worsen visibility because they reflect off the fog."
- "Use the right edge of the road as a guide. Helps you stay in your lane and not “drift” into the middle lane."
- "Increase your following distance from other cars to ensure you have the proper time to respond to any obstacles. A good rule of thumb is to increase your count distance by at least 5 seconds instead of the normal 2 seconds behind another vehicle."
- "Beware of animals on the road. Animals, especially white tail deer, feel bolder under cover of fog and are much harder to see. The lowered visibility in dense fog means less time for you to see them, and for them to see you."