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Vehicle Safety (Driving Tips)

Driving in a Fog

It's the time of year when warm, wet spring air starts moving in, colliding with the cold, wintry ground and... presto: fog. While fog might seem a more pleasing (and warmer) alternative than other, more solid forms of precipitation, it also brings some unique challenges for drivers. Remember to follow these safety tips when driving in fog.

  • If your car is equipped with fog lamps, turn them on.
  • Slow down before you enter a patch of fog.
  • Be sure that you can stop within the distance that you can see.
  • Turn on your wipers and defroster to remove moisture from the windshield.
  • Use your low-beam head-lamps whether it is day or night. (High beams reflect off the fog and can impede visibility.)
  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
  • Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.
  • Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must pull off the road, signal first, then slowly and carefully pull off as far as possible.
  • After pulling off the road, turn on your hazard flashers.

Using Anti-lock Brakes

Imagine you're driving in your car. Suddenly, a dog runs into the road in front of you. What should you do? If you said “Step on the brake, don’t let up and steer around the old pooch, if it is safe to do so,” congratulations! That’s the proper way to use your anti-lock braking system (ABS).

However, if you thought the correct answer was to pump the brake pedal, you’re not alone. According to a nationwide study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly half of the drivers surveyed didn’t know how to operate ABS. Pumping the brakes actually defeats the effectiveness of ABS.

Almost every new car features ABS as part of its standard equipment. ABS helps improve control and stability during sudden stops, while maintaining steering control — but only if you know the proper technique.

Car Troubles

Q.)  I smell trouble.  What do I do now?

A.)  Don’t wait for a driving disaster. Have your car checked out whenever you smell something suspicious. A few of the more common smells and possible causes are:

  • Burning plastic: short circuit in the electrical system
  • Burning oil: low engine oil-level; transmission overheating because of the low transmission level; leaking oil on hot engine parts.
  • Burning rubber: hot tire because of locked brake shoe; rubber hose contacting hot engine.
  • Exhaust odor inside car: puncture in exhaust pipe under passenger compartment.
  • Gasoline odor inside car: defective evaporation control canister; leaking or disconnected vapor or fuel.
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