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Follow these tips to drive safely in fog

As one of our West Virginia readers, you may be well aware of the fact that heavy fog can move into the area very quickly. If this happens and you're behind the wheel, it's important to take a few key steps.

Above all else, be sure to slow down. You don't want to drive at a normal rate of speed when visibility is low. Doing so will increase the likelihood of being involved in an accident.

Secondly, always use your headlights. Even if it's not completely dark outside, you should use your headlights to ensure that you can see the road ahead. Along with increased visibility, headlights make it easier for others to see you.

Last, but certainly not least, don't get involved with any outside distractions. There's never a good time to become distracted when you're driving, but this is particularly true in heavy fog and other less than ideal conditions.

The thing about fog is that you never know when it will enter the area or how long it will last. Everything could be clear one minute, just to find that you've run into fog the next. As long as you are willing to change your approach, you should be able to remain safe even if the fog is thick.

If you find yourself involved in an accident, maybe because somebody else was not driving slowly enough for the road conditions, you should immediately check yourself for injuries. From there, if necessary, don't hesitate to call for an ambulance. Also, it's a good idea to make sure a police report is filed. Afterwards, you may want the advice of an experienced attorney on whether you should seek compensation.

Source: Travelers, "Driving in Fog Safely," accessed Oct. 31, 2016

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