Tuesday, 11 December 2018

HOW TO DRIVE IN A FOGGY HARMATTAN WEATHER


Harmattan prevails this season, this can lead to dense fog and bring visibility close to zero. So how do we drive safely? Here are some tips to help you meet this challenge: 
 1.) Allow more distance between vehicles
Increase your meter reading by 5 seconds instead of the normal 2 seconds behind another car. Never rush or accelerate to leave the fog.

2.) Drive slowly and carefully
 Due to the bad view, the safest speed is moderate. This gives you time to brake effectively when there is a sudden need.

3.) Always be careful
The humidity can constantly accumulate
on the windshield, making it difficult to see. Adjust the speed of the defroster and windscreen wiper as needed.

4.) Use fog lights or guide lights (if equipped)

Many machines have fog lights or driving lights that have been installed at the factory. These lights are generally mounted at the bottom, inside or below the front bumper. They are facing the ground outside the car as far as possible. The fog lights differ mainly from the driving lights in the way they project the light. Fog lights often have clear or yellow lenses; while the driving lights usually have clear lenses. The ray of light created by the fog lamps is generally broad and flat; flat to stay close to the road surface and minimize the reflection back from the fog - and wide to better illuminate the sides of the roadway (railings, curbs, painted lines on the roadway, etc.). Driving lights are generally only bright spot lights designed to pierce night darkness beyond normal headlights. While the fog lights are the best for fog conditions, both types of light will perform better than the headlights due to their low mounting point on the vehicle. Try to use all combinations (if possible) of the "front" fog lights / parking lights and "switched on" or "switched off" lights to determine which setting provides the best forward visibility for the driver. Do not turn off the lights or "parking", as they help to make your car more visible to other pilots along and behind your car.

5.) Use the low beam lights

The visibility in front of you will decrease sharply in case of fog, so use the low beam lights of the car (if the car does not have fog lights or driving lights). Heavy fog conditions prohibit the use of headlights. The light of the dazzling headlights will be reflected by a thick fog. As the fog gets thinner, the high rays can become more effective. Check periodically to see if the fog has sufficiently thinned to use the high beam.



6.) Do not drift

There is a natural tendency to wander in the middle of the road when visibility becomes bad. Make sure you stay in your lane.

7.) Move to the side of the road if you do not have visibility

If it becomes too difficult or often, pull over and wait. Turn on the emergency lights warn other drivers where you are.

8.) Use the right side of the road as a tutor

This can help you avoid getting into the incoming traffic or lighting yourself.

9.) Ask for help

Do not be afraid to ask your tourists to help you look for cars and obstacles on the road.


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