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Navigating through foggy conditions

By Alison Nickle, anickle@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 01 2013 04:56:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 31 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

The deadly scene from Sunday's massive chain reaction accident on I-77 could have been prevented according to two local driving instructors.

BRISTOL, Va. -

The deadly scene from Sunday's massive chain reaction accident on I-77 could have been prevented according to two local driving instructors.

95 were cars involved. Three people lost their lives and 25 more were hurt, all because of dense fog.

Two driving instructors who have both driven through the Fancy Gap area say when the fog moves in decreased visibility creates a major danger.

Susan Walling, owner of Driver Training Inc. says, “I can just visualize the line of cars that had built up and that last person in line was the most vulnerable."

She says some drivers just weren’t using common sense. “I was going about 25 mph in a 55 mph zone and a gentleman drove by me in a white truck going at least 70. I was shocked and scared because I knew he could not see at least 25 feet in front of him," she said.

Robert Ray is the owner of Guardian Angel Driving School. “Drivers need to slow down by half in places like that and then look at your rear view mirror," he said.

Depending on how fast you're going, it can take you the distance of a football field or more to finally come to a stop. “By the time those brake lights come on in front of you, you are going to have to go to the right or to the left and if somebody's on your left are going to hit them," says Ray.

Walling adds, “If people were to roll down their windows shut their radio off they could hear other cars around them, even if they can't see them."

The driving instructors say if you do pull over on the shoulder, turn off your lights so other cars aren't drawn to them.

Make sure you are using your low beam lights when driving in heavy fog because bright lights reflect a glare, making it even harder to see.