- Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working.
- When you’re ready to leave, switch on the dipped headlights. Use front and rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres, but don’t forget to switch them off when visibility improves – leaving fog lights on when headlights would be adequate is an offence.
- Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to clear moisture.
- Switch the heater or air conditioning on and leave it running to keep the inside of the glass clear.
- Slow down and keep enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.
- Fog is not the same density all the time – it may get thicker, slow down if it does.
- Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn drivers behind.
- Be aware that other vehicles may be travelling without their lights on, so extra care and attention is needed. At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic.
- Straining to see through thick fog will quickly make you tired – take regular breaks.
- Take high-viz clothing in case you have to leave the car.
Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind – everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter. Check it out before you travel.
The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling.
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