WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FOG: Colder seasons bring visibility hazard to German roads

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Story courtesy of the USAG Ansbach Safety Office

ANSBACH, Germany (Dec. 13, 2016) – The weather in central Europe may be foggy any time of the year, but most commonly fog settles over Germany during the fall and winter months. A combination of fog and the lack of speed limits on sections of the autobahns greatly increases chances for vehicular accidents.

The best advice we can give to drivers confronted with thick fog is to get off the road as soon as possible. Sometimes, however, that is impractical.

If you can’t or won’t pull off the road we offer the following advice:

  • Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions; with the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially.
  • Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
  • If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you’re there but won’t think you are driving on the road.
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
  • Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a slow, constant speed.
  • Remember that other drivers have a limited sight distance and that fog can leave roadways slick. Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don’t stomp on them.


For more on safety in the fog, see this Army News article from 2014.

For more on safety, visit the Safety Office’s page at

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