Driving around in a fog?

If you’ve been driving around in a literal fog in Clinton County — especially in the morning or late afternoon lately when fog combines with cloud cover to make daytime more like dusk — you may have noticed other motorists driving around in their own personal fog and cloud cover.

Those drivers don’t only make it harder for all of us to simply get from point A to point B. They don’t simply aggravate us.

They make it unsafe, and maybe even deadly.

Driving around in these conditions, you’ll see a surprising number of motorists that don’t even have their lights on, even if there’s a light mist along with the fog and near-darkness. Turn your (low-beam) lights on.

Others insist on less-than-assured-clear-distance as they’re speeding along riding your rear bumper even if you’re the only two cars on that stretch of road. Don’t tailgate, fog or not.

Yet others insist on passing unsafely — double-yellow line and/or reduced visibility notwithstanding — in the fog as they effectively gain a couple seconds’ advantage in their trip. Don’t do this.

Still others are “multi-tasking”, adding talking on the cell phone or texting to the “mix.” Don’t do this, fog or not.

And here’s another tip (fog or not). That thing near your left hand is called a turn signal; it takes surprisingly little effort to move it a centimeter and do a favor for other motorists while making it safer for everyone.

“Five Tips for Driving in the Fog” by jdpower.com includes some simple advice for driving through the fog: 1. Slow down; 2. Use low-beam headlights; 3. Use fog lights if you have them; 4. Use the right-side pavement as a guide; 5. do not stop on the road. When you can’t see where you’re going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights. Leaving your lights on may cause motorists to think that your taillights indicate the lane of travel, which could cause a collision.

Just because it’s foggy outside and visibility is reduced doesn’t mean common-sense driving must also be reduced.

Drive safely … for everyone’s sake.