Last week we wrote about how you can be prepared for driving in the rainy weather. This week we have a new weather topic (we promise we aren’t actually controlling the weather). It hasn’t been too rainy in Washington this week, but it has been very foggy. Fog can be extremely dangerous when it gets thick. If you have to commute to college or work early you have (undoubtedly) noticed how thick the fog can be. Our Renton Chiropractic team thought it would be a good idea to write about how to drive safely in the fog. The foggier it is the more car accidents and “close calls” there are and therefore more whiplash treatments. Here are some ways to drive safely in the fog:
- Make sure your windows are defrosted and clear. If you leave your car parked outside overnight it will most likely be a little froze over when you get in it in the morning. Our tip? Make sure that your car is warmed up and your windows are defrosted. The clearer you can see while you drive, the better.
- Turn on you fog lights (and headlights). For those of you who have cars with fog lights this is a perfect time to use them! Also, even though it can be light outside it’s a good idea to make sure your headlights are on so that your car is even more visible to everyone around you.
- Keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you. Don’t try to tail a car in the fog. You don’t know what’s going on in front of them and they could brake at any second leaving you with no time to stop. Take your time driving and make sure that you aren’t tailgating the car in front of you.
- Drive the speed-limit (or a little less). This is supposed to be how you drive no matter the weather, but if it’s really foggy you don’t want to be speeding or cutting people off.
- Use your turn signals. Again, this is a give-in, but it’s even more important when it’s foggy outside. If you don’t let people around you know what you’re doing they can easily miss you and not have time to slow down.
The bottom line? Be cautious! When it’s foggy outside it’s difficult to see, and roads can be sluggish. Take your time with driving so you don’t have to deal with an accident or whiplash. However, if something does happen, our Renton Chiropractic team is always ready to assist you with any whiplash treatment. The best way to take car of neck pain and back pain is coming in to see your Renton Chiropractic team! Contact us today and let us know when you’re free to come in.