It’s like a scene out of a horror movie. You’re driving your pickup rental down the highway without a care in the world. Suddenly you’re blanketed in an impenetrable fog and you can no longer see the drivers behind and in front of you.
It’s no surprise thick fog can be one of the most dangerous weather conditions for all drivers — no matter the years of experience they’ve had behind the wheel. When you’re driving a company rental through Utah you want to stay on top of your game for your own safety and for the sake of your company’s investment.
Avoid These Moves
Your visibility in fog is going to be reduced significantly. Driving will demand your undivided attention now more than ever, so turn down the radio and turn off your phone. Though many people will react to fog in ways that seem effective, those reactions may actually put you in more danger.
Never turn on your brights. Fog is created from tiny water droplets in the air. By using your brights, you won’t be able to see as far in front of you as you normally would because light reflects back at you.
Be aware of this, because other drivers will have less visibility in fog due to their headlights and will also not be able to quickly react to a road hazard.
Tips to Drive Better
If you were driving in a blizzard, you would slow down to give yourself some reaction time and increase your visibility. Your behavior while driving in fog shouldn’t be any different. Your flatbed rental may not be visible to the driver behind you until the last moment, so give yourself extra space.
Use the lines on the road as your markers so you can stay in your lane. This will keep you away from the center of the road and oncoming vehicles. If you feel overwhelmed by weather conditions, pull over to the side of the road giving yourself plenty of distance from nearby traffic and wait until the air clears.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, and besides, no one wants to have the, “I wrecked one of your rental trucks,” conversation with their boss.