UAE: Blinded by high beams? Here’s what to do and how to avoid it

UAE: Blinded by high beams? Here’s what to do and how to avoid it



• Unlit highways – You can drive with the high beam on when you are on highways that may not have street lighting. Make sure you do not use a high beam in areas with street lighting.• Low visibility – When the view is not clear enough to drive safely.

Since high beams can affect the oncoming driver’s vision, you should switch to a low beam when another vehicle is within sight. You should also dip your headlights when you are approaching another vehicle from behind.

While many vehicles nowadays are fitted with night mirrors, that help reduce the possibility of being blinded by the lights of a vehicle coming from behind you, if you are in a situation where a car is driving towards you with the high beam on, here is what you should do, as per the RTA Vehicle Handbook:

• Check your right shoulder and drive towards the right of your lane.• If you are blinded by the lights, slow down and pull over until you can see again.

According to driving tips and advice from local transport authorities in the UAE, during low visibility you should use headlights on low beam only. This is because