Flashing your lights, is strange to many of us – especially to western expats. However, in the fast lane, flashing your lanes it is a common norm in the UAE in case you want to overtake a slower car, which does not clear the fast lane.
How to do it right!
- Make sure, that you are within the speed limit and flash your lights from a proper distance
- Give the slower vehicle in front of you proper time to clear the lane
- Be considerate and ‘caring’ for others, especially for the slower car in front of you
- Always leave the proper distance to the car in front of you, as long as it has not cleared your lane
Watch out for this
- Don’t over speed
- Don’t bully the car in front of you
- Don’t drive too close to the car in front of you
- Don’t endanger yourself and those around you!
No flashing headlights
One should not tailgate or flash their headlights at people driving slowly, Col Al Mazroui said, as it can confuse the driver and lead to serious accidents.
“There is a fine for tailgating and if the police officer sees that the driver was driving aggressively and in a way that can cause accidents, that driver could be fined for reckless driving and putting people’s lives at risk, which is Dh500 and a month’s impounding of the vehicle.”
The fine for not leaving a safe distance is Dh400 and four black traffic points. “The right way to deal with a slow driver is to notify them of your presence by sounding the horn once; if they do not clear the way, you should change lanes,” he said.
Col Al Mazroui added that they “urge people to abide by the speed limit and the traffic rules and regulations, as well as give way to other drivers, as some have emergencies”.
Yes flashing headlights
don’t drive in the fast lane if you’re a slow driver have some respect for other people!