Driving with Limited Visibility: What You Can Do to Avoid A Crash

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When dealing with limited visibility, the first rule is that you only drive when you must. If you can avoid driving in fog, rain, night-time or other conditions that limit your visibility, you will reduce the risk of becoming involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to know about driving with limited visibility and solutions to reach your destination safely:


  1. Dirty windows. Clean before starting a trip (inside & outside). Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.


  1. Objects inside vehicle that create blind spots. Keep cargo and other objects low. Hang clothes in rear on driver’s side.


  1. Frost or ice on windows. Use defroster before beginning trip.


  1. Fog, rain, blowing snow. Wait in a safe area for conditions to improve. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance. Use your headlights, or hazard lights if speed is more than 15 miles below posted limit.


  1. Standing water sprayed onto windshield. Try to anticipate, stay calm, hold wheel firmly, avoid braking.


  1. Snow on vehicle. Clear all snow and ice from windows, lights, mirrors, hood and roof.


  1. Low light/night driving. Use headlights, reduce speed, dim dash lights.


  1. Shadows. Increase scanning, reduce speed.


  1. Bright sun/glare. Use sunglasses, visor.


  1. Oversized vehicles. Maintain cushion of safety, increase following distance, approach carefully.


There are times when you cannot control your driving conditions. If you find yourself in a situation of limited visibility, avoid driving if possible. But in a circumstance when you must drive, use these tips to drive with limited visibility and safely reach your destination.

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