August 12, 2012
Helpful Hints from joeeze: Driving in fog
Yesterday, as I drove down Route 29 South from my Podunk town to Lynchburg (home of Liberty University, among other things) to the Lynchburg Half-Marathon, I encountered heavy fog in the dark before sunrise.
I left home at 5:25 a.m. for the 70-mile trip and about 15 miles south of Charlottesville encountered a wall of fog which stayed present intermittently for about 40 miles.
I invoked fog driving techniques which I haven't had occasion to use for at least five years.
Here is my protocol:
1. Slow way, way down. I am always amazed by the speed of cars whizzing by me in the fast lane in conditions of low visibility. Maybe they have X-ray/infrared vision turned on.
2. Turn on my flashing hazard lights in addition to fog lamps.
3. Find a huge, slow truck with mega-lighting on the back, get behind it, and stay as far back as I can from it while still being able to see its light show. This lets me enjoy the relatively clear path behind the truck as it dissipates the fog in its path.
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Just saying, in a small whisper, so as not to rile anyone, that Las Vegas has no fog. Nor does it have fleas.
It used to have nearly no mosquitoes, flies and humidity but that's changed with the influx of people.
Posted by: Kay | Aug 13, 2012 9:05:45 PM
I remember driving over Afton Mountain (in VA) in fogs like that. Luckily, I wasn't the one doing the driving. That would have been my step-father who used to drive dynamite trucks on gravel roads to the coal mines in West Virginia.
I was still all white-knuckled until we got out of there.
Posted by: Becs | Aug 13, 2012 5:40:52 AM
Ditto for I-5, some of the scariest moments of my life, feels like driving blind. Thanks for the tips.
Posted by: tamra | Aug 13, 2012 1:57:28 AM
I-5 and Fog. Motel time!!!!!
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 13, 2012 12:50:39 AM
Having to drive between northern and southern California several times in 2009, I encountered "Tule" fog, a central california phenomenon. I would regularly follow your protocol #3. Easy, since there were always trucks on I-5!
Posted by: Marla | Aug 12, 2012 6:43:30 PM
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