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22 December 2017 03:21 pm

Driving in heavy fog in Qatar

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Yesterday morning, the Department of Meteorology warned of poor horizontal visibility due to fog. 

Below are some tips from Ministry of Interior.

  • Slow down your vehicle and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
  • If you have fog lights on your vehicle, use them, in addition to your low beam headlights. High beams reflect off the moisture droplets in the fog, making it harder to see. As well, don’t use emergency flashers as they are meant for emergency stopping only.
  • The moisture in the air may continuously collect on the windshield. Use your defroster and wipers to maximize your vision. Keep your windows and mirrors clean.
  • Be patient. Avoid passing, overtaking, changing lanes and crossing traffic.
  • Use painted road markings to help guide you. Stick to the lane you are driving in and don’t try to drift and wander in the middle of the road.
  • Allow more distance between vehicles. You will need extra distance to brake safely.
  • Look and listen for any hazards that may be ahead.
  • Reduce the distractions in your vehicle. For example, turn off your music/radio. Your full attention is required.
  • If the fog is too dense to continue, pull completely off the road and try to park your vehicle in a safe parking area. Turn on your emergency flashers, in addition to keeping your low-beam headlights on.