With winter weather in full swing in Ohio, you never know what you’ll face when you get behind the wheel. For example, you may awake one morning to find dense fog standing between you and your destination.

Driving in foggy conditions is never easy, as your visibility is impaired. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to enhance your safety:

  • Use your headlights: This helps you see the road ahead, while also making it easier for other vehicles to see you. If you have fog lights, use them as well. Also, never use high beams, as the reflection can make it more difficult to see.
  • Slow down: Since you can’t see what’s ahead of you, slow down to give yourself more time to react in the event of an emergency.
  • Focus, focus, focus: There’s never a good time for driving distractions, and this is particularly true in heavy fog. You must focus all your attention on the road, as driving when visibility is low is a big challenge.

If you’re not comfortable in your ability to reach your destination without incident, pull to a safe place, such as a parking lot, and wait for conditions to improve.

Since other drivers may not take the same caution as you in inclement weather, there’s a chance you could be part of a car accident.

After you check yourself for injuries, call 911 and wait for help to arrive before doing anything else. After receiving treatment at the hospital, review your insurance policy, file a claim and take steps to hold the negligent driver responsible for causing the crash.