Fog. It comes at the most unexpected and possibly worst times when you are a truck driver. It messes with your visibility and makes driving your rig even more dangerous than a typical day. Depending on the density of the fog, you may not be able to see past the hood of your truck, and when you’re a trucker, it’s hard to see the taillights of the cars in front of you during a period of fog.
There are a few safety precautions you can take during fog to help make sure you get to your destination as safely as possible.
Postpone your trip, if possible.
We understand that you are on a time sensitive schedule but if at all possible during heavy fog, it may be best to pull off onto a rest area or truck stop and rest until the fog passes.
Be aware and drive at a reduced speed.
You may be a great driver but you never know what the other drivers on the road are being distracted by. Watch out for cars parked on the side of the road, fast drivers, and those who are driving a little too close. It is in your best interest to drive at a reduced speed in fog so that you don’t end up in an accident.
Obey all traffic signs and laws.
As always, be sure you are obeying all traffic signs during dense fog to keep you and the other drivers safe, and keep a safe distance between you and other drivers.
Use your headlights!
To help your visibility if you have to drive, please use your low-beam headlights and fog lights even in the daylight.
Don’t stop on the side of the road.
Like we stated previously if you need to stop, look for a rest area or truck stop to park your rig. Depending on the density of the fog, parking on the side of the road could cause an accident due to the fact that other drivers may not be able to see your taillights or know that you are stopped until it is too late.
No matter the weather, you should always take your time and obey all traffic laws when driving in order to protect the other drivers out on the road. Just like other severe weather conditions, fog hinders you from seeing what’s right in front of you.
Lastly, remember that if you ever find yourself in a bad situation as a truck driver, North Dixie Truck and Trailer, Inc. offers 24/7 emergency services. Simply call us at 1-800-440-9523 and we’ll be right there to help get you back on the road.