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National Ambulance Confirms Readiness for Fog and Calls on Motorists to Be Extra Cautious During Foggy Conditions

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Abu Dhabi, 20 January 2021: National Ambulance confirmed it has raised emergency preparedness and taken the required proactive measures in readiness for fog which have been covering large parts of the country and resulting in poor visibility on many roads. With fog a major factor in causing accidents on the road, National Ambulance calls on motorists to be extra cautious and stay focused while driving during foggy conditions. The pre-hospital emergency care provider also stressed the importance of checking the weather forecast and the traffic movement on the roads, as well as ensuring the vehicle’s readiness and safety before driving. 

 

National Ambulance CEO, Ahmed Al Hajeri confirmed that the ambulance service activated its proactive emergency fog deployment plan, which involves the redistribution of ambulance points and dynamic standbys to increase its presence on the main and vital roads, as well as the close coordination with strategic partners to ensure public safety and an efficient integrated response to potential accidents.

 

Al Hajeri said: “Fog represents a serious hazard to all road users in the UAE. Failing to drive safely during foggy conditions usually results in consequences that can threaten road users’ safety and endanger lives, so I urge all road users to support collaborative efforts to ensure safety on the roads by both acting responsibly and being extra cautious when driving in such conditions.” He added that there are steps motorists can take to ensure safe driving if they must drive in foggy conditions to protect the safety of all road users:  

· Be extra cautious and stay focused on the road

· Put away all distractions and abide by traffic rules

· Slow down while driving and allow extra time to reach your destination

· Avoid using high-beam headlights in fog and turn on your low-beam or fog headlights instead to help other drivers see you

· Do not drive with your hazard lights on 

· Keep a more than usual safe distance from other vehicles

· Use the lines on the road as a guide

· Use windshield wipers and turn on front and rear window defroster to restore visibility 

· Avoid overtaking other vehicles or sudden change of lanes and use indicators ahead of time before changing lanes 

· Never stop in the middle of the road and in the event of thick fog or inability to continue driving, find a safe place to park away from the road and traffic

· Ensure your vehicle is regularly maintained


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National Ambulance provides emergency pre-hospital care in the Northern Emirates through the dedicated 998 emergency ambulance number and NA 998 mobile application. Its primary task is to handle public medical emergency response and provide high standards of emergency pre-hospital care to citizens, residents and visitors across the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah.  

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