How to Safely Drive in Low and Poor Visibility Conditions

By Product Expert | Posted in How-To, Safety on Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 8:00 am
cars driving on the highway within a heavy fog during winter

We sometimes have places to be and can’t always pick our driving conditions. So, what should you do when faced with low and poor visibility conditions on the road, whether that be nighttime, snow, fog, heavy rain, and other annoyances? Here’s the best way to tackle driving at night, poor weather, and more!

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Always Use Headlights

This one is simple but still needs to be mentioned. Whenever natural light doesn’t cut it, use your headlights. If you have a newer vehicle, you’ll have automatic headlights. Otherwise, flip them on.

Use High Beams (When Available)

High beams should not be used when other cars are headed towards you, so you don’t blind their drivers.

Other than that situation, we recommend you make use of high beams to improve visibility during poor driving conditions.

Clean Windshield

This might seem simple but can cause you big problems on the road if ignored. Make sure the outside and inside of your window is clean to make sure visibility isn’t further reduced with smudges and grime.

Stay Alert

It’s never a good idea to drive when you’re sleepy, distracted, and/or in a bad emotion/mental state. It can cause you to be forgetful and not pay attention that can jeopardize your safety as well as other passengers in the vehicle. Make sure you are alert, awake, and focused on your task of driving.

Keep Your Distance

It’s always smart to keep your distance to other traffic on the road, but far more important during poor visibility conditions.  Give room for yourself and other drivers to brake, avoid, and turn in the case of emergencies.

Check Mirrors and Positioning

Again, common sense, but even more important during poor visibility. Check your rear and side mirrors for other traffic and make sure you’re in the right position in your lane to avoid interfering, and colliding, with other vehicles on the road.

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