Many people don’t think that fog is a hazardous condition, but the truth is that fog can affect drivers’ vision. In fact, thick, heavy fog is one of the most dangerous conditions facing motorists and pedestrians on the roadways. As a result of foggy conditions, pile-ups and pedestrian accidents in Florida and throughout our nation occur.

The best thing everyone can do is to stay inside when dangerous conditions exist. However, because people have to get to work, most drivers and pedestrians will continue driving and walking in heavy fog. If you have to walk or drive during fog, it is best to do the following:

For Pedestrians

  • Wear bright colors
  • Wear reflective clothing and shoes
  • Stay as far to the right as possible
  • Walk facing traffic
  • Be extra cautious crossing any streets
  • Pay attention—do not use headphones or cellphones

For Drivers

  • Drive slow
  • Use headlights
  • Use fog lights
  • Use hazard lights if going extremely slow
  • Do not use your high beams during foggy conditions
  • Watch out for pedestrians

If visibility is near zero, drivers and pedestrians have no business being on the road. It is in a driver’s best interest to pull off the road and get to a safe place, and pedestrians should also stay off the road. Unfortunately, these types of conditions contribute to so many needless auto and pedestrian accidents and fatalities.

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Damian Mallard, Esq.
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