Fog brings a mixture of emotions to Ohio residents when they wake up and look outside. On one hand, some can find beauty with the eerie atmosphere and how it contrasts well with the more colorful leaves of autumn. On the other hand, driving in these conditions is always a chore.

Between 2002 to 2012, the Federal Highway Administration found that there 31,385 crashes, 511 deaths and 11,812 injured from fog-related accidents on average annually. Even some natural disasters and storms offer more visibility to motorists than a thick fog does. Even though Ohio already has a number of fog injuries and fatalities already this year, late autumn and early winter is when they will it starts appearing on roads more frequently. To navigate through this unavoidable hazard, you will need to keep the following tips in mind:

Drive slowly

Going too fast in these conditions decrease your already limited visibility. You need enough time to react to turns and other cars in the area. It may feel slower than driving through a rain or even snow storm, but going too fast can increase both your risk and the severity of potential injuries.

Limit the moisture

Even if it is not raining, your windshields are still collecting water from the misty air. Turn your windshield wipers on the lowers setting so that it can wipe periodically. Going too fast is often pointless and could be distracting. Turning on the defroster would also be good for preventing interior moisture, as well as rolling your windows down if those collect any water. Additionally, rolling the windows down can allow you to listen to nearby cars and traffic better if sight will not work well here.

Use low beams

At night time, many like to use their high beams to get a more focused line of sight while driving in the dark. Even though fog offers similar limited visibility, using headlights while driving through it or any storm will just make it worse. Similar to the flash on a camera, the brighter light will reflect on nearby water particles and will distract you from further obstacles.

Keep your distance and your eyes out

Even though getting closer to an object will improve the visibility of it, you still need to keep your distance from vehicles in front of you. The actions of the other motorists will become far more unpredictable in these circumstances, so you do not want to be right behind them when they suddenly turn stop for a turn.

Likewise, other Ohio drivers should respect your space when there is dense fog out. If another driver crashes into you, try to communicate them verbally or using your car to move to the side of the road to discuss the situation. Check any pictures you take of their vehicle and license to make sure the fog does not alter the photo’s visibility. Once you finish exchanging insurance information and talking to a police officer if liability is in question, you should consider contacting a personal injury attorney to help you get the most out of your potential compensation.