Following my commute into the capital this morning I felt it was necessary to bring this matter to people’s attention.
The drive in this morning was particularly difficult as we saw a great deal of fog across the road for most, if not all of the journey. I still cannot get my head around why other drivers on the road feel the need to drive in the fog with their hazards on. On an average day we see the hazard lights used on the roads of the UAE to warn the drivers behind us that there has been an accident up front or there is some form of hazard so they can react accordingly.
Now this morning I followed an SUV down the road for the majority of the way who drove with its hazard lights on, I had an adequate distance between me and the vehicle in front but due to poor visibility I had no view in front of it, every time the vehicle braked I thought there had been an accident! Please switch off your hazards and use your fog lights! Avoid the confusion as it has a knock on affect with the continuous braking and will cause MORE accidents!
Hi Matthew, thanks for your post and I could not agree more!
HOW TO DO IT RIGHT:
In fog, we should make sure to use our dipped head lights (not high-beam!), and our front and rear fog lights.
Also: visibility down => concentration up!! …and speed down!!!
WATCH OUT FOR:
Rear fog lights must be switched off outside foggy areas, since they overpower the brake lights and braking could go unnoticed by following traffic.
Hazard lights should not be used, along the lines of Matthew
Thanks Matthew for your short note. I see this every day when there is a fog. It is strange that we get to see this attitude of speeding with I don’t care mindset even if there is a bad weather situation existing. Lot to be done to create a safe driving culture.
i can’t agree more to Matthew, i can see everyday the use of hazard lights when on the road when coming to a full stop on a hiway coz of traffic you will see a hazard lights on. i only use hazard lights when in a full stop on the hard shoulder during a car break down, a break light is enough to use if you are breaking or coming to a stop.
and never use hazard lights it on a fog day a park light and fog light is enough to be seen by other drivers, and much worser the drivers who dont know how or when to use them.