Driving in Winter Weather in the UAE

31 December 2017 0 Comments

The climate in the UAE is generally considered to be dry, sunny  and humid, however, the weather conditions in Dubai can take drivers by surprise.

Category: Guide & FAQ

We often find ourselves driving in bad weather conditions such as fog, rain or sand storms with low visibility.

Vehicle insurance is the best security blanket during a crisis. It is best to opt for a comprehensive car insurance policy covering own damages as well as third party damages. To reduce the risk of accident, it's important to understand how to drive safely during low visibility conditions, especially if you are young or a new driver in the UAE. 

Beams and Fog Lights

In case of situations like thick fog or sandstorms, where windscreens are visibly dirty, it is advisable that you turn on fog lights to help you in identifying objects ahead at a reasonable distance. 

Slow Down Your Speed

Most accidents occur because drivers are going too fast for the weather conditions. It is advisable that you decrease your speed. High speed driving is risky for you and drivers around you. 

Clear Screens

Having dirty or fogged up windscreens with already low visibility may add to major difficulty while driving. Therefore, ensure that you keep your view clear and that your windshield washer reservoir is full. 

Don’t Use Hazard Lights

Contrary to popular belief, it is advisable not to use hazard lights while driving during fog or heavy rainfall. People use these lights in order to alert approaching vehicles. According to Abu Dhabi Police in 2012, hazard lights should only be used in emergency and that’s it; only use low beams in foggy conditions.

Some advanced cars safety features can assist us in safer driving: 

  • Intelligent Speed Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Drowsiness Alert
  • Forward Collision Control

Motor insurance can safeguard your beloved vehicle during accidents which are not your fault. To learn more about car insurance, which is compulary in the UAE, talk to RSA and ensure that your car has adequate auto insurance cover. 

There are a number of different types of coverage insured by RSA: 

  • Bodily Injury Liability
  • Vehicle Damage Liability
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • Collision Coverage
  • Comprehensive Coverage
  • Uninsured Motorists 



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