UAE police warn motorists to be cautious in foggy conditions

UAE police warn motorists to be cautious in foggy conditions

Abu Dhabi - Motorists urged to adhere to traffic guidelines during fog

By Web Report

Published: Mon 15 Jan 2018, 6:22 AM

Last updated: Mon 15 Jan 2018, 4:21 PM

Motorists were advised to be extra cautious when driving in conditions of fog or low visibility early Monday morning.
The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters (GHQ) warned drivers on Twitter of "low visibility due to fog formation on highways". Motorists are urged to take extra caution."

The department also urged drivers to abide by the traffic rules, especially in foggy conditions to avoid traffic accidents.

It also tweeted a safety tip for motorists while driving in fog: "Don't use high beam lights which can distract other motorists."

It advised drivers not to use hazard lights during fog until they have come to a full stop on the right shoulder of the road.

Dubai Police warned motorists via Twitter to take extra caution while driving during fog.

Under the new traffic laws, driving in foggy conditions without using low or foggy lights are punishable by Dh500 fine and four black points..
Fog in UAE: Eight tips to drive safely
Forecasters at the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), said that visibility could be less than 200 metres in  coastal areas.

Weather is expected to remain hazy and partly cloudy in general, with relative humidity likely to increase during the night and early morning over coastal and internal areas with a chance of fog/mist formation.
Motorists in Dubai are facing huge tailbacks in this morning due to fog. An accident was reported on Shaikh Zayed Road near Al Barsha  heavy traffic delays, according to Google Maps.

Slow-moving traffic was also observed on Sheikh Zayed Road's E11 - from Al Wahda street towards Dubai.

Follow these tips and tricks to stay safe while driving on UAE roads during fog

> Visibility down = Slow down = Attention up = Distance up

> Increase the distance to the vehicle in front to five seconds - you must be able to stop within the distance of visibility!

> Turn on the lights: Low beam head lights, front and rear fog lights (no hazard lights!)

> Consider longer breaking distances due to wet or slippery roads

> Use your windscreen wipers (and maintain them properly!)

> Concentrate and do not get dis-tracted by your passengers, your phone or other things

> Listen to the radio for traffic updates

> Care for others, especially for weaker traffic participants like motorcycle drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians

> Ask your passengers to help keep an eye out for oncoming cars and obstacles on the road

> Stay in your lane and don't drift - there's a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad.

> Use right edge of the road as a guide - this can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming headlights.

> If you have no visibility, pull over to the side of the road, stop and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of where you are, or pull into petrol stations or rest areas.

> Plan your trip properly and leave earlier or try not to be on the road at all, if possible.

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