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Rain Fog & Lights!

Q. When driving in heavy rain – so much rain that you cannot see in front of you; or when driving in fog that is so thick you cannot safely move forward, what can you do to protect yourself and the vehicle occupants?

Dan H. – Fleet Manger

A. Dan, thank you for this month’s question.

As always, pre-planning your trip and preparing for the unexpected is key to successfully completing your journey. When driving through heavy rain or fog, slowing down and maintaining complete control of the vehicle is paramount. If the weather elements are such that you are forced to pull over to the side of the roadway and wait out the rain or fog:

  • Identify that the shoulder of the roadway is adequate, a solid surface and wide enough that you can safely maneuver the vehicle a good distance off of the path of travel.
  • Turn off your lights, exterior and interior… people still traveling on the roadway will be looking for “reference points”, if your lights or flashers are on, the driver may assume that you are moving and this could create a crash.
  • Be patient… do not allow yourself to be pressured to drive in conditions that are dangerous and stretch your skills past your abilities.

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