January 11, 2017
Zero Driving Visibility: A Canadian Nightmare
Have you ever driven on a rainy QEW or the 401 and realized you could barely see brake lights in front of you? Has blowing snow covered your windshield, making driving terrifying and hazardous? Even fog can make it difficult to stay in your lane on regular city roads, especially in early morning or sundown hours.
Near zero visibility dramatically affects drivers. Harsh conditions cause of millions of accidents each year, some fatal. Here’s what you need to know if you’re in a low or zero visibility situation:
1. Use low beams and fog lights. Using high beams will concentrate the light on the precipitation, and you will not be able to see the road.
2. Make sure your windshield is fully defrosted. Use the car’s defrosting setting and windshield wipers. Turning on the A/C may keep moisture from building up inside the car.
3. Allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This will help you make a sudden stop without skidding into another driver. Be aware that water/snow/ice/salt spraying from other vehicles (especially large trucks) can suddenly make it difficult to see.
4. Stay on the right side of the road. The white painted fog line and roadside reflectors are your best guides in low visibility situations. If you realize you cannot drive safely anymore, find a safe place (e.g. hotel, restaurant) until conditions improve.
5. If you slide or skid, take your foot off the accelerator and steer slowly towards the direction of the skid. Do not slam on the brakes or jerk the steering wheel. If possible, practice driving in icy conditions in an empty parking lot so you can learn how to react in an emergency situation.
If you’ve been injured or involved in a low or near-zero visibility accident, Michelle Linka Law Professional Corporation can help. We are experienced accident lawyers who can assist with personal injury claims and catastrophic injuries. You don’t pay a penny until we win. Call us today: 416-477-7288.