Rain is a rare sight in the UAE but residents got to enjoy its cooling presence several weeks ago. The unexpected rainfall prompted authorities to issue road safety reminders.
The UAE usually sees a bit of rainfall during its winter season. This is between the months of November and March. But moderate rainfall lashed residents of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and nearby areas a few weeks ago. The rains were also accompanied by thunder and lightning as well.
The rain caused some flooding in some regions. Authorities prompted citizens, ex-pats, and visitors to be extra careful when going out. They were also warned to avoid reported flooded areas. This was for their own safety.
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai sent out an advisory to motorists. They were all urged to adhere to driving and safety guidelines. They also reminded drivers there are penalties for breaking weather-related traffic violations.
10 Traffic Violations with Stiff Penalties
The few rainstorms the UAE gets result in waterfalls and streams. It also creates rain-fed lakes. They’re rare and beautiful sights to behold. But they can also be dangerous. Strong water currents in flooded valleys can sweep people and vehicles away. It’s why the country has banned valley drives during bad weather. The government also implemented these traffic violations that can result in harsh penalties.
Taking Videos or Photos in Adverse Conditions While Driving. UAE motorists must focus on driving at all times. Taking a photo or video when it’s raining or foggy is now classed as “distracted driving.” Drivers will receive a Dh800 fine and four black points.
Driving in a Dangerous Manner. This refers to people who perform stunts in the rain. Getting caught means a fine of Dh2,000 and 23 black points. Your vehicle will also become confiscated for 60 days.
Driving with Hazard Lights On. Fines are also given to motorists who switch on their hazard lights when driving in bad weather. The fine is Dh500. Using hazard lights when it’s foggy or rainy can confuse other drivers.
Driving in the Fog Without Lights. Motorists caught doing this will get a Dh500 fine and 4 black points.
Driving While Foggy Against Orders. Police can stop vehicles from moving when there’s fog. This is due to the low visibility. Buses and trucks are often ordered to stop. Drivers who go against these orders will receive a fine of Dh500 and 4 black points.
Failure to Follow Instructions Given by the Police. Motorists who violate this rule get a Dh400 fine and four black points.
Fleeing When Asked to Stop. Motorists who continue to drive when ordered to stop by the police will get a penalty. This will cost them Dh800. They’ll also get 12 black points.
Gathering Near Dams and Valleys During Rainy Weather. Many residents go to flooded areas to take photos or videos. These activities are dangerous and will result in a Dh1,000 fine. Violators will also get six black points. The harsher penalty is to discourage these actions.
Entering Flooded Valleys: Some motorists also drive into valleys during adverse weather. Rainwater gushing off mountains floods these areas and can create strong currents. Vehicles could get swept away. Motorists who do this will become fined Dh2,000 and get 23 black points. Their vehicles are also confiscated for 60 days.
Obstructing Traffic During Emergencies. Dubai motorists who prevent authorities from enforcing traffic are also fined. The rule also includes motorists who impede ambulance and rescue vehicles. Especially during disasters and emergencies. The penalty is a Dh1,000 fine and four black points. Their vehicles are also confiscated for 60 days.
Safe Driving Tips for Raining Days
It’s vital that motorists practice safe driving all the time. But especially when the weather conditions are bad. Doing so will ensure everyone’s safety. The RTA shared some safety tips for motorists when it’s raining.
Always check your vehicle’s brakes and tires. Makes sure to check the headlights as well before you start your journey.
Always check that the windshield wipers are working well. Do this even if you’re only going for a short drive in the rain.
You should double the distance between you and the next vehicle when driving in the rain. This is for your own safety and that of the other people on the road.
Always drive slowly when it’s raining. This will ensure you always have control of your vehicle. You also won’t have to worry about sudden stops. Some vehicles might have to stop suddenly when the weather is bad.
Always check and double-check the tires of your vehicle.
Always follow the traffic signs when you’re driving in the rain. Do not press the accelerator as soon as the traffic light turns green. This will help prevent losing control of your vehicle on the slippery road.
Always drive with caution and at a slower speed when it’s raining.
Never go beyond the speed limit when it’s raining. It will be safer for you since you can maintain control of your vehicle.
Do not try to overtake other vehicles. It’s safer to do this when the weather condition is good.
Concentrate on driving when it’s raining. You should make sure your headlights are also switched on.
Driving Tips During Dust Storms
Dust and sandstorms are also quite common in the UAE. You should also follow all the safety precautions you would do when it’s raining.
It’s also a good idea to check that your car’s headlights are working. Dust storms can reduce visibility on the road. Your headlight can help keep you safe. You should also drive at a slower speed. Make sure you do this too when you’re switching lanes.