The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


December 4, 2013

Use low-beam headlights, slow down while driving in foggy weather conditions

ENID, Okla. — Three recent Enid News & Eagle headlines should be enough to get your attention.

“Man killed in a head-on collision in Grant County.”

“3 sent to hospital after early morning crash in Kingfisher County.”

“3 injured in early-morning crash.”

What do these three news stories have in common? They are articles about accidents that recently occurred during foggy conditions.

Fog can limit visibility to less than a quarter-mile, so be sure to use your low-beam headlights and slow down.

Here are some other useful tips for driving in fog, according to AAA:

• Don’t stop suddenly. If you do, safely steer as far off the road as much as you can to avoid danger.

• Reduce glare from oncoming traffic and maximize visibility by using your windshield wipers.

• Make sure your headlights and tail lights are turned on and functioning.

While we may not have as much fog heading into winter weather, colder climates can make for equally treacherous traveling, particularly when roads are snow-packed or icy.

AAA also provides worthwhile winter driving tips:

• Don’t abandon your vehicle if you become snowbound. This helps rescuers find you in this temporary shelter.

• Take it slow, particularly when you accelerate and decelerate.

• Most importantly, stay home and avoid dangerous driving conditions if you can.

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