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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Heavy fog causes traffic headaches for morning commuters in Qatar

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It was a misty morning for many motorists in Qatar today, as residents fought slower-than-usual traffic due to the presence of thick fog.

Authorities cautioned commuters to proceed carefully on the roads due to decreased visibility. According to the Qatar Meteorology Department, an increase in humidity caused the dense fog:

While on the roads, motorists should not to use their hazard lights, and instead rely on the fog lights that their vehicles are equipped with, officials said.

The Ministry of Interior added:

Fog is not an unusual occurrence this time of the year, due to the combination of colder air from the early mornings colliding with warmer air as the sun rises. So, expect to see more foggy mornings this month!

On the bright side, Hamad International Airport is operating normally, with no reported flight delays.

Here’s a roundup of reactions from commuters this morning:

Thoughts?

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outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

The idiots were out in force on the Al Shamal highway, speeding and weaving in and out of cars, flashing lights, business as usual, even though visibility was down to less than 100m. Didn’t see any unmarked police vehicles, just one traffic police car which was cut up on a roundabout and ignored it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

“Didn’t see any unmarked police vehicles” That’s odd.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I didn’t see any police officers in unmarked vehicles, nor any unmarked vehicles reacting to the recklessly dangerous stunts being vehicles.

CeePeeEm
CeePeeEm
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

You would not have identified the fleet of “unmarked” LCs and Patrols…they are “unmarked” with a purpose 🙂

Hassan Yacoob
Hassan Yacoob
6 years ago

Taking pictures of the fog while driving. What could go wrong?

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago

it was easy to reach for hazards during fog, right ?
it’s even easier to use indicators before switching lanes or turning !
is it too hard?

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  DJ25Q

Can people please tell me why idiots turn on their hazard lights in fog. Indicators don’t work with them on and secondly thats what fog lights are for!

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

they believe that fog lights should be yellow
and hazards are kinda yellowish
regarding vehicle’s fog lights, they are now used by some cool-wannabe Dudes who think it is cute while headlights are off at night !

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  DJ25Q

my hazard lights are pretty swag

Pete
Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

Most cars, even late models, don’t have fog lights. I use hazard lights cos I don’t fancy a big LC up my backside.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Pete, you say most cars but I have never owned a car without fog lights. Every Toyota we ever sold had fog lights although it was a different part of the world. Can I ask what your car is out of interest?

Pete
Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

I have a 2009 top of the range Outlander. My wife has a top of the range 2012 Qashqai. They both have fog lights but they are non functional in GCC specs. In South Africa, where I come, from the same situation. I guess it’s because fog is rare, here and in SA.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Pete

If an LC wants to crash up your backside due to reckless driving, he is going to do it with or without your fog lights on. Probably when you are changing lanes with the hazard lights.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

It’s probably cause these idiots don’t use their indicators otherwise as well.

aerofoiler
aerofoiler
6 years ago

Whats with Doha residents and Fog?? All the excitement about reduced visibility in a country where the highest mortality rate is due to traffic accidents. Wow. We’d rather not have it anymore.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  aerofoiler

i love the fog because it makes it harder to see your negatvitiy

aerofoiler
aerofoiler
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Didn’t mean to offend my friend, just mentioned the truth.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  aerofoiler

It’s all good lol 🙂

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

Loads of belters on the roads with hazards on and not even their lights. Where did this idea come from?

DarkQTR
DarkQTR
6 years ago
Reply to  Ben

Lack of awareness, they are using hazard lights cuz they think it is a” common sense” since everyone else is doing it. Thus, I don’t blame them. I would recommended MOI or OredO to send SMS brief guidelines ” at least”

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  DarkQTR

Yeah, monkey see monkey do.

I remember the traffic police putting out some posters and warnings not to use hazard light on a moving vehicle the last year or the year before.

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

Imagine if it would snow here…there won’t be anyone on the streets 😛

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