By Andy Sambidge
Poll reveals majority think crashes caused by reckless drivers, not weather.
A decision to make fog lights a legal requirement for all UAE cars would have little effect on road safety, according to the results of an Arabian Business poll.
Almost 60 percent of respondents to Wednesday's poll believed making fog lights mandatory on all local vehicles would be a waste of time as the real issue on the roads was reckless drivers.
A police report into the issue comes as dense early morning fog has become a regular hazard for motorists in the UAE.
In March, a 200-car pile-up on the motorway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured and officials blamed early-morning fog as well as reckless driving as reasons why it happened.
But our poll suggests fog lights are not the answer to improving road safety. Just 18 percent of people agreed they should be law that vehicles have fog lights while another 10 percent said they should be introduced but only as part of a campaign to crack down on speeding cars.
Another 10 percent feared that even if the lights were made a legal requirement, many motorists would not bother to use them.
Regular headlights dazzle other motorists in foggy conditions, but fog lights, which are mounted lower, increase visibility by projecting concentrated beams of light closer to the ground.
Currently, all cars in the GCC are required to have a warning buzzer that sounds when the driver exceeds 120km but there are no rules regarding fog lights.
While newer European cars all have the safety feature, it is not the case for all Japanese motor manufacturers.
Fog lights, are we talking about the lights that people drive around on SZR in nice weather? The one that makes the driver behind half blind? In Europe you get a nice fine if you drive around with them when it is not fog. Sorry, this is not Europe and here we have different "rules". No, they don't help if you don't keep the distance, the "three second rule".
If it's required to use fog lights then also the speed has to be reduced. None of this happened down here as far I have seen during my six years. People driving with AC and the windows is totally covered by humidity and they wipe off and next second it's full again, instead of putting some heat on the windows to avoid the condensation.