Fog could be one of the most dangerous weather conditions to drive in. In particularly, thick fog because it can make it impossible to see cars just a few feet in front of you. Fall is one of the biggest times of the year for foggy weather, so make sure to memorize these safety tips for driving in fog.
The most important thing to do when driving in fog is go slow. Not just a couple of miles under the speed limit—if your visibility is very low, you want to go slow enough that you have time to hit the brakes and stop, no matter how close you are to the car in front of you. If you can’t see at all, it’s best to pull over for a while and wait for visibility to get better.
Put your headlights on, but do not put your high-beams on. Fog is made up of small water droplets, which reflect the light of high-beam headlights and actually make it harder for you to see. Low-beam headlights are necessary to use so other drivers can see you more clearly.
Eliminate distractions like the radio, your phone, and conversation with passengers so you can keep your entire focus on the road. In low visibility conditions, you need to be able to react the second that something appears in front of you.
Changing a cabin air filter is one of those things you can easily do yourself, but most people never learn how, and they either let it go or spend a lot of money having it done by a mechanic. Fall is a great time to change your cabin air filter, so follow these steps and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is!
First, locate the cabin air filter. Usually it’s behind your glove compartment, but your owner’s manual will tell you for sure. Go to a parts store and ask them about the right kind of filter for your car. Then get a couple of screwdrivers and a rag so you can wipe off the compartment where the filter goes. Once you have your parts and tools assembled, it’s time to get started.
Once you know where the air filter is, whether that’s under the hood, under the dashboard, or behind the glove compartment, open up the housing unit and take the old filter out. It may just pop out, or you might have to unscrew it.
Depending on what it looks like, you may want to keep this filter for a while longer. If it’s very gray and slimy, replace it, but if it looks relatively clean and white, you could put it back and save the new one for a few more miles down the road.
If you want to replace it, just wipe down the housing unit with your rag and pop the new air filter into place. Screw it back in if you need to and you’re done!