x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Motorists warned as fog blankets the UAE

Visibility drops to less than 100 metres in parts. Police warn motorists to use fog lights and not drive with hazard lights on.

DUBAI// Motorists were forced to pull off the arterial Dubai-Abu Dhabi motorway this morning as dense fog reduced visibility to less than 100 metres.

Several drivers were seen stopping on the hard shoulder as late as 9am, while many continued to drive with their hazard lights on - despite repeated police warnings against the practise.

Dubai Police urged motorists to use fog lights, instead of driving with hazard lights.

"It can result in mistakes and can cause accidents," said a police spokesman. "Hazard lights are only for emergencies. The cars behind will not know when the driver wants to turn left or right," the official said.

Police said there were some minor accidents in the emirate, but nothing serious.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said it had issued warnings, via Twitter, of foggy conditions and had advised motorists to drive with care.

"The visibility was less than hundred metres all over the country and all the main highways," said a NCMS official.

He said the visibility at 8am was less than 50 metres in Al Dhafra, less than 100 metres in Al Ain and less than 200 metres inside Abu Dhabi.

pkannan@thenational.ae