Driving in fog is difficult and dangerous. It causes huge accidents if fog is patchy as it makes drivers brake suddenly.
Check Your Foglights
Please check your fog lights before driving. As you can see in the photo you can switch on your fog lights where you see the symbols circled in yellow. Sometimes they are push buttons, sometimes a turnable switch and sometimes on one of the steering wheel levers. You have to switch on your headlights first, then your fog lights will work. Ask someone to stand outside the car to visually check they are working correctly when the switch is on.
On the front of a car, the fog bulbs are the ones below the headlights. You can see them lit in these photos. The rear ones vary far more. But if no additional lights come on when you switch on the fog lights, you know you have an issue.
You can buy the bulbs yourself and fit them, or why not call us on 01628 850000 and we’ll help fix it for you.
For further information on the rules regarding fog, read on to see the Highway Code below.
Highway Code Rules Regarding Fog
Before entering fog check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a roadside signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog.
When driving in fog you should
use your lights as required (see Rule 226)
keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security
be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster
use your windscreen wipers and demisters
beware of other drivers not using headlights
not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you
check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down
stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.
You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.
Law RVLR regs 25 & 27