How Safe is It to Drive When It is Foggy? Learn How California Drivers Can Be in Danger When Their Windshield is Foggy
There is no shortage of information in the world that describes the potential danger of driving in rain or snow, but is it also dangerous to drive when it is foggy? What if the driver’s windshield has become foggy? Keep reading to get the answers to these and other questions, and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another party.
Why Windshields Become Foggy
First, it is important to know why your windshield has become foggy. This happens when there is a significant difference between the temperature in your vehicle and the temperature outside of your vehicle. For example, if it is very hot outside and you have the air conditioning blasting, or if it is very cold outside and your turn the heat on in your vehicle.
Simple Options to Get of a Foggy Windshield
If your windshield has become foggy because the temperature is warmer in your vehicle than outside it, then you will notice condensation on the outside of your windshield. You can clear it away by increasing the temp in the car, which you will generally do by turning off the AC and turning on the heat. You can also turn off the recirculation and use the wipers to clear off the condensation so it is safer to drive.
If the opposite is true, and the temperature outside is much colder than the temperature inside the vehicle, then you can turn on the front defroster and the rear one if your vehicle has one. Turn them on the temperature to a cool temperature first. You can also open a window slightly to help regulate the difference in temperature.
How to Prevent a Foggy-Windshield Related Car Accident
The good news is that an accident caused by a foggy windshield is almost entirely preventable. You should start by understanding what causes them, and then make sure that your windows are clear before you drive. This includes side windows. Remember that even if your windshield is clear, if your windows are not, then you will not have the visibility you need to turn or to change lanes.
How to Drive as Safely as Possible on a Foggy Day
Of course, sometimes the fog is outside of your vehicle and is causing poor visibility. Ideally, you would not drive until it cleared up. If you are stuck in the fog and have no choice, slow down and make sure that you are leaving extra room between you and other vehicles.
Remember that if you suffer a serious injury as a result of another driver acting recklessly or negligently, you can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation.