Low visibility due to dense fog on Thursday morning caused multiple accidents and serious delays on the roads in several parts of the United Arab Emirates.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has urged motorists to drive carefully and advised them to stop driving as soon as they find conditions too difficult to maneuver.

“In foggy weather, gradually slow down and drive at a speed suitable for the conditions,” he tweeted.

The National Center for Meteorology and Seismology NCMS has issued a weather warning regarding fog and poor visibility over some central and western areas. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution.

According to TrafficDXB on Twitter, several accidents have been reported on Sheikh Zayed Road heading to Dubai, causing traffic jams and traffic jams.

According to data from Google Maps, slow traffic was observed on the E11 of Sheikh Zayed Road – from Al Wahda Street to Dubai.

An accident has been reported on the Al Qusais 4 industrial zone towards Dubai, according to Google Map data.

Drive Safe: Heavy Fog Disrupts Traffic in United Arab Emirates (KT13298928.PNG)

Another accident was reported near the Wafi Mall on the way to Dubai, causing delays to Dubai.

Drive Safe: Heavy Fog Disrupts Traffic in United Arab Emirates (KT13297928.PNG)

And road safety expert Thomas Edelmann, Managing Directorr Road Safety WATER gave some practical advice for handling driving in these conditions.

“Driving in bad weather in the UAE is often linked to fog, rain or sandstorms with low visibility and slippery pavements being the common denominators. Every year we have pilots which are usually chain reactions: an accident occurs, sometimes just a small fender bender, and the following motorists cannot avoid hitting obstacles in front of them, due to the lack of distance. appropriate, inattentive or high speeds. adjust their speed accordingly, ”he said.

Follow these tips and tricks to stay safe while driving on UAE roads in foggy weather

> Reduced visibility = Slow down = Attention at the top = Distance at the top

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

> Switch on the lights: low beam, front and rear fog lights (no hazard lights!)

> Consider longer braking distances due to wet or slippery roads

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

> Concentrate and don’t get distracted by your passengers, your phone or other things

> Listen to the radio for traffic updates

> Caring for others, especially for weaker traffic participants such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians

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

> Stay in your lane and don’t drift – there is a natural tendency to wander in the middle of the road when visibility becomes poor.

> Use the right side of the road as a guide – this can help you avoid hitting 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 park in stations -service or rest areas.

> Plan your trip well and leave earlier or try not to be on the road at all, if possible. [email protected]


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