in the bleak midwinter - fog

  • clean your windscreen and windows
  • check all the lights
  • check that the wipers are in order
  • top up your  windscreen wash
  • in freezing fog your washer fluid will freeze on contact with the screen unless it is mixed with winter strength screen wash fluid as this has an additive to help reduce the chances of freezing
  • can you avoid the worst problem areas? Fog often collects near water first
  • know your route before you start - signs will be harder to read
  • satnav directions are less easily applied without good vision
  • keep high-viz clothes in the car in case you break down
 
 
  • if you cannot see clearly use dipped headlights
  • you should only use front and rear fog lights in fog where visibility is 100 metres or less
  • use the windscreen wipers and washers as you need them
  • drive so that you can always stop in the distance you can see to be clear in front of you
  • check your speedo - it's easy to go too fast
  • do not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is following too closely
  •  brake early and gently so that your brake lights warn drivers
  • at junctions wind the window down and listen for traffic
  • fog varies in thickness - don't be caught out by a change in density
 
 
  • keep clear of traffic
  • pedestrians can be hard to see
  • wear high-viz clothes
  • listen as well as look for traffic
  • use a warning triangle, but not on a motorway
 
 
  • leave plenty of room between you and the car in front so that you can see the road surface
  • if you hit a pothole, check your tyres once you've stopped
  • check the inner as well as the outer tyre wall
  • check your mirrors before pulling out to avoid a hole
  • bikers and cyclists need to look well ahead and change direction early
  • potholes tend to reappear in the same place again - remember the trouble spots
  • extra pressure is put on the road surface wherever heavy vehicles stop, start or turn, so roads are likely to be in poorer condition here
 
   

Fog is a dangerous condition for drivers to deal with and freezing fog is especially difficult.