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AAA OFFERS TIPS FOR MOTORISTS CAUGHT IN FOG

 AAA OFFERS TIPS FOR MOTORISTS CAUGHT IN FOG
 ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorists should use the


same caution when driving in fog as they do when driving in snow, the American Automobile Association advises.
 Following yesterday's (Sept. 28) release of a National Transportation Safety Board report on fog-related traffic accidents, AAA warned motorists that fog can be as hazardous as snow because it reduces motorists' ability to control their cars.
 "Fog curtails visibility and often alters the perception of speed and distance," said Thomas Culpepper, managing director, AAA Traffic Safety and Engineering. "The effect is to create an unpredictable driving environment that may require special maneuvers, including the ability to stop quickly."
 Culpepper said motorists need to remember that fog density varies greatly from place to place. Oncoming motorists, or those beside and behind you may be unable to see your vehicle clearly. For this reason it is important to follow many of the same tips that apply when driving in snow. These include:
 -- Continue driving if it is safe to do so, but reduce vehicle speed
 until you are able to confidently control your car.
 -- Avoid sudden stops. Pump brakes when possible to signal your car
 is slowing down.
 -- Turn on windshield wipers and the windshield defroster. These
 may help clear moisture from the windshield.
 -- Turn on headlights, but don't use high beams as they may
 highlight the fog and further impede visibility.
 -- Don't pass other vehicles or change lanes unnecessarily.
 -- If visibility is poor, signal your intention to leave the road,
 then slowly and carefully pull off the road as far as possible.
 -- Activate warning flashers after leaving the road.
 Most fog-related accidents occur during morning rush hours (6-9 a.m.) and involve motorists who are familiar with the road but drive too fast for conditions, AAA said.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 145 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 33 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/ CO: American Automobile Association ST: Florida IN: AUT SU:


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