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A Guide to Driving in Foggy Weather in the UAE

Foggy conditions are uncommon in the UAE. Here are 10 road safety tips for drivers and motorists

Posted on

14 March 2024

Last updated on 14 March 2024
Driving in foggy conditions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE

Keep safe while driving during foggy weather in the UAE.

Foggy weather in the UAE is uncommon, with this type of weather typically occurring a few times during the country's short winter months.

As UAE motorists are more accustomed to doing their commutes under clear skies and sunny, hot temperatures, driving in foggy conditions can be unfamiliar and potentially dangerous.

Here are some important road safety tips to keep in mind when driving in foggy conditions in the UAE.

10 safety tips for driving in foggy conditions in the UAE

  1. As visibility becomes low, drive your vehicle at a slower speed.
  2. Be patient while driving. Foggy conditions is not the right time for overtaking, abruptly changing lanes, or passing.
  3. Drifting between lanes or changing lanes too often is dangerous during foggy weather. Try to stay in the line you are driving in.
  4. If your vehicle has fog lights, use these along with your low-beam headlights. Avoid using high-beam headlights.
  5. Give more space than usual between yourself and other vehicles on the road, as you'll need this extra distance for safer breaks or to avoid crashing due to sudden stops.
  6. Avoid using your emergency flashers outside of necessary emergency stops.
  7. Stay attentive and cut down on distractions while driving, such as talking on the phone, chatting with passengers in your vehicle, or listening to music or the radio.
  8. Keep your full attention on the road by watching and listening for any potential hazards.
  9. If the fog is causing moisture to gather on your windows, use your wipers to clear your vision.
  10. If the fog is too thick and visibility is very low, don't push your luck - try to pull over and park in a safe zone. If you've parked near the road, turn your vehicle's headlights on.