It’s like pea soup out there today, folks! Fog has been creeping its way into our mornings here in Central Florida, and it can take a toll on your morning commute. However, driving in fog doesn’t have to slow you down! Our Orlando Toyota dealership has tips for helping you take on driving in fog so it’s easier than ever to get to your final destination before the mist burns off, and we’re busting some of the most common myths floating around. Let’s get started!
Toyota of Orlando busts myths about driving in fog!
Myth#1: One of the most common myths about driving in fog is that you should turn on your high beams so other drivers can REALLY see your Orlando Toyota. This is definitely false. Yes, you should use your normal headlights and fog lights to let other drivers know your whereabouts when visibility is bad. However, high beams are a no-go – the fog actually reflects the light, which makes it disorienting both for you AND other drivers on the road! Stick to low beams and fog lights, which were designed to lend light in this exact situation.
Myth#2: Another myth about driving in fog is that you should use the hazard lights on your Orlando Toyota to indicate your position on the road! Definitely false – hazard lights are an indicator that something is wrong with you or your new Toyota, and it can confuse other drivers if you use them just to show where you are. Stick to using your low beams and fog lights, and ensure your turn signals and brake lights are working properly before you hit the road! You should, however, use your hazards if you pull over to the side of the road and park.
Slow down your Orlando Toyota when it’s foggy outside!
Myth#3: Here’s another common myth about driving your car in fog: you can drive your Orlando Toyota at the same speed as on a clear day. Not true, and not the safest idea! Fog hits visibility hard, so it’s more difficult for you to see other drivers on the road, the road lines themselves, and any other obstacles in your path. Did you know that animals actually tend to try and cross the road MORE when it’s foggy out? They’re harder to see, so you run the risk of an accident. You can also drift in and out of your lane more easily when it’s foggy because of impaired visibility. Slow it down and be sure to pay close attention to what’s going on around you when you drive in foggy conditions!
- Leave more distance than normal between other cars and your vehicle so you have more time to react.
- Use your wipers, defroster, and drive as if it were raining – fog can cause moisture to build up on surfaces, like the road. It can make things slick!
- If you really can’t see, use the right side of the road as a guide until things clear up… or pull over until the fog has burnt off a bit!
Want more tips? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (888) 725-3520 and drive carefully out there!