With weather conditions worsening with fog in the UAE, it can get very difficult to drive safely in the country…
7 October 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
During the early morning and late at night, commuters in the UAE can face a lot of trouble whilst driving as they may face heavy fog while driving.
As the weather cools in the UAE, it brings along foggy weather conditions that can act as a blinding blanket around the country.
This can make it extremely hard for commuters to see what’s up ahead and can cause low visibility on the road – ultimately causing major road accidents.
And while it’s best not to drive during fog peak times, usually it’s an unavoidable must to get around the city.
This is why it’s extremely important to know what to do if you’re planning to drive with foggy weather conditions in the UAE.
1. Slow down
Driving at maximum speeds in fog can be very dangerous, so the best thing you can do is slow down to be safe.
This gives you more time to react if there is upcoming traffic or other hazards that appear on the road.
And if the weather condition is extremely bad, it’s best advised to park your car on the side of the road and wait for the fog to improve.
2. Turn on your fog lights
If your card comes equipped with a fog light option, then make sure you know where it is.
It is usually located on the indicator stalk or headlight knob and will make it easier to see through the fog as you’re driving.
However, always make sure to turn them off when you’ve made it out of a foggy area as the light can daze other motorists.
3. Dim your headlights
Avoid putting your headlights on high to attempt to see what’s ahead as that won’t make your visibility better and can blind other motorists.
Try to use dipped headlights (normal lights) instead of your high beams.
4. NEVER drive with hazard lights
This is an important note to keep in mind as most motorists automatically turn their hazard lights on and continue driving.
This causes a lot of confusion over what the hazard lights are being used for – a lot of accidents have occurred when drivers think that the car in front of them is using their hazard lights and driving when they are really facing issues with their car and are parked. Causing a car collision.
Hazard lights are there to warn other motorists of your car’s situation, whether it is stationary or to warn upcoming motorists of a road hazard up ahead.
5. Turn on your heater
Fog occurs when the weather is cooling down, which creates very low visibility whilst driving. One way to counter affect condensation of the air outside of your car is to heat the inside of your car.
Turning your heaters on and aiming them at your car’s windows can help with the condensation outside and increase your visibility.
6. Drive at a distance
The best way to avoid slamming your brake is to keep your distance from other vehicles while driving. This will ensure you have some time to react if the motorist in front of you stops sharply.