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Old 2nd December 2005, 10:16   #1
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Hai BHpians,

In today's newspapers we have news of an accident due to fog on the Ahmedabad-Baroda Expressway of a speeding car and 4 people dying on the spot. With winter on and fog a problem in many places..... it would be useful to discuss safe driving habits in fog? I have some doubts......

1. What colour fog lamps are best..... white or yellow?
2. What other precautions to take while driving in fog ?
3. What about usage of horns in fog?

My cousin in Grimsby, England says even the horn is used with caution in winter fog ... they honk only once and in short blasts if they have to use it.

What say you Bhpians?

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Color :
Yellow is the better. Ideally red is the best because red wavelength scatters the least.
However fog lamps should be low mounted and make sure your headlights are dipped. At full beam the fog will reflect the light and you wont see a thing.
Make sure your tail lamps are working
Another thing is speed. Try to follow the car in front with a safe distance. If thats not available and you cant see anything, crawl at 10-20kmph. Never go fast. I once banged into a divider since I did not heed that warning.

As for the horn, its useful if you feel that you are entering a junction and all. Short blasts can warn cyclists etc., who in non foggy conditions also are a big hazard.
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Good points.
Also, if visibility is really low - u could keep ur hazard lights on - drove out of Kodai for about half an hour in extreme fog once. The blinking lights are more visible and catch attention of oncoming/following vehicles easily.
Straighten up ur seat and get close to the windscreen.
If you cant see for even a car length plus gap ahead of you - then stop for a while (with lights and hazards on)
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Color :
Yellow is the better. Ideally red is the best because red wavelength scatters the least.
However fog lamps should be low mounted and make sure your headlights are dipped. At full beam the fog will reflect the light and you wont see a thing.
Make sure your tail lamps are working.
When we used to rally for Popular back in 87-90's, everyone used yellow hella fog lamps. I read somewhere on the web in a technal section that yellos light is as good a white (will try to post the link soon)......... but never heard of red fog lamps. Yes.... it would be useful for warning, may be not enough to show you the roads?

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In dense fog nothing except the mercedes S class will show you the dangers. However the more towards "Longer wavelenghts you go" the more people can see you. Blue scatters the most, red the least, thats why train stop signals and intersection signals are red.

Infact if you go to an eye testing center, you will see that below the chart there is a yellow and red light. Opticians hardly use it due to ignorance, but that has a special significance. You see both those lights have the same strength from a measurement point of view. But to a normal eye red should appear brighter than green. However if your eye number is -1, and you put in a -1.5 or higher powered glasses, while you will be able to read the chart after straining your eyes, the green light will start appearing brighter. This is how the opticians should figure out that a higher number has been given than required.

Coming back to the point, to a normal eye, the red light will appear brighter than green when both have the same lumens strength. Also in fog, red will scatter the least. Since red also appears as tail lights of vehicles, red fog lamps are risky. So yellow-orange lights are good and if fog is too dense use your hazard lights too.
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what fog lights actually do ??? will it be visible at a distance in the fog to opposite light vehicle ? sorry, I have never driven in fog light conditions :(
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1. They make you see the road slightly better
2. Oncoming vehicles can spot you from further away. I have driven in fog where headlights of oncoming vehicles were visible only when they were few meters away. this problem is more prominent in day fog. But in day fog you see atleast little bit of road which vanishes in night completely
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1. They make you see the road slightly better
2. Oncoming vehicles can spot you from further away. I have driven in fog where headlights of oncoming vehicles were visible only when they were few meters away. this problem is more prominent in day fog. But in day fog you see atleast little bit of road which vanishes in night completely
2 weeks back from Cooner to OOty we had visibility of 10 feet in thick fog and were practically crawling up. Some sections we had to actually stop the car...... go forward to see if road was there at all. When oncoming traffic ws flashing thier hezard lights we could make them out, otherwise the headlights and fog lamps were not visible at all until they reach very close to you.

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Hi Guys I had posted a topic on this long time back, may be it can be of some help

INFO : Tips on driving in Fog

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3739 (INFO : Tips on driving in Fog)
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Hi Guys I had posted a topic on this long time back, may be it can be of some help

INFO : Tips on driving in Fog

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3739 (INFO : Tips on driving in Fog)
Hai Techno,

Tnx for that link, I think that coves it....... I did'nt know there was a thread.

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Red fog light sounds strange!

We have red lights only at the back of cars.

Yellow fog lights are most common.
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