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You might not know it - but you might've picked up a whole new language while living in the UAE. It's not overly difficult to learn - in fact, you might have picked it up in a matter of weeks. It relies mostly on visual cues and actually doesn't involve a single word. And you'll only learn it if you drive a car.
Yes, we're talking about that unspoken language of driving on the UAE's highways - and every gesture, action and unnecessary light flash that goes with it.
While you'll pick up fairly quickly on why that person behind you is high beaming you so furiously when you're going 80kph in the fast lane, there's a host of other light flashing, indicator flicking and tailgating that makes up this unspoken vernacular.
We spoke to motorists about what each of these gestures mean, and brought in the Dubai Police to find out whether they might actually get you in a lot of trouble.
1. Flashing your headlights to force a vehicle to give way?
What motorists say: This is used, primarily when travelling in the fast lane, to tell a driver in front to pull over as they are driving too slowly. The number of and time between flashes depends on the driver behind's urgency - read: aggression.
What Dubai Police say: It is legal if it is meant as an alert to overtake another vehicle while maintaining a safe distance between the two vehicles, and overtake carefully.
Read more: Complete list of UAE traffic offences and penalties
2. Leaving the right indicator on while driving in the fast lane
What motorists say: Sometimes this is used to indicate to a driver behind that you that you are intending to move out of the way. For instance, if someone has flashed their high beams at you to move, and you cannot, you can indicate right so they know you will move when it is safe to.
What Dubai Police say: There is no reason for leaving the right indicator on, and whoever does so will be fined for not giving way to other vehicles.
3. Leaving the left indicator on while driving in the fast lane
What motorists say: Some say this means that you have no intention of pulling over; others say it indicates an intent to move but it is unsafe to do so at that moment.
What Dubai Police say: It has no meaning in legal traffic procedures.
Read more: Abu Dhabi Police issue safety warning after horror crash
4. Indicating left or right once, then indicating left or right again
What motorists say: This might be a controversial one, as we've only really heard it from one person - but it is supposedly a retort to being flashed from behind in the fast lane and means, in it's politest iteration: 'no, go away, I am not moving'.
What Dubai Police say: It has no meaning in legal traffic procedures.
5. Applying the brakes when a car is following close behind
What motorists say: This is one reserved for only the most dangerous of motorists - swinging in front of another person, and pumping the brakes so you're very much aware they're angry you didn't move out of the way fast enough. While this is incredibly menacing anywhere in the world, it's even more perilous in the UAE where speed limits are often higher and the vast majority of motorists are used to roads in different countries. No matter how angry you are at the car travelling 20kph slower than the speed limit in front - this should never be practiced.
What Dubai Police say: If the practice is made intentionally, a fine will be issued, stating 'driving dangerously in a manner that endangers others’ lives'.
Read more: Dh1,000 fine for rubbernecking introduced in UAE
6. Using your windscreen's water jets when someone is tailgating you.
What motorists say: While not as dangerous as pumping the brakes in front of someone, this is also used to inform someone travelling behind you that you're unhappy with their driving. The idea is that by hitting the water jets while travelling at high speed, the water will fly over your car and hit the windscreen of the one behind, causing them to slow down as they use their windscreen wipers to clear their windscreen. Again, this is risky behaviour - because if a driver has to slam on their brakes with little notice to clear their windscreen, and another car is travelling close behind them, this could cause an accident.
What Dubai Police say: It is an individual behaviour and has no meaning in the traffic law
7. Driving very close to the car in the front, instead of using high beam.
What motorists say: This is another way drivers try to intimidate people to move out of the way - coming up from behind and tailgating the car in front until they relent and move.
What Dubai Police say: It is illegal, and a fine will be issued, stating 'not leaving enough distance behind vehicles'.
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Motorsports enthusiasts are advocating a centralised testing centre to ensure modified vehicles are safe, adhere to emission and noise limits, and comply with the law.
“I feel the best way to regulate the registration of modified cars is by having a vehicle testing centre, just like any other vehicle would have to go through,” said Kamui Mahtani, 27, a Dubai resident from Japan who owns a modified Honda S2000.
“The major difference is that it would also check each of the components that have been modified and its safety.”
For instance, the power output of a vehicle would be checked and compared with a standard vehicle. Brakes would be tested to calculate if the car has sufficient stopping power to match the engine power, he said.
“Suspensions, wiring and every component of the vehicle would be checked in detail for safety,” he said.
“Making sure the car is not too loud is also very important.”
Adnan Khalil, who has had work done on his Honda Accord since 2009, agreed.
“There should be a separate section for modified cars because after-market modifications both should be safe and legal,” said the 29-year-old, who is a sales consultant at a used car workshop in Dubai.
“A lot of people don’t understand what’s legal and what’s not, and a lot of car modifications aren’t safe.”
In Abu Dhabi, 6,630 vehicles were impounded last year because of modifications that increase vehicle noise.
Buying a car is a very big decision and one should fully take the educated decision rather than shooting in dark by considering only purchase price of the car. Many time we think some car brand is cheaper than other then why not settle with cheaper one and save few thousands in car buying process but eventually we regret our purchase due to expensive insurance, maintenance and fuel mileage. I have bought many cars in Dubai in last 7 years that I feel below checklist and key points is very important for any person to understand, plan and act before buying any new/used car in Dubai and UAE.
Requirement: Planning a car should definitely start with the need and the real requirement off course. If you require a four-seater car then don't go looking for 7-seater's. Allocate budget: Fix your budget first and then decide to spend 90% of the total set budget, as remaining 10% roughly will be required for insurance, registration, tinting and other minor accessories. New vs Used: Both have their own pros and cons depending on the budget you decide and you should work around it. Insurance: Usually insurance in Dubai and UAE float around 2-5% of the sale value, but it may vary depending on your car segment: Sports and Luxury cars have higher insurance premium. New driver will have higher insurance premium. Old driver can can save on insurance premium by submitting no-claim certificate from their previous insurance company. Financing cost: If you bank finance the car then do factor the total interest paid over time, as it will rock the overall budget set for a car. If you looking for new cars then look for few dealers in Dubai offer zero percent interest in during mid-year car sales. Registration: Although very small like less than 1000 dirhams for testing, registration, plate number etc. but worth counting. Maintenance: Japanese, Koreans and American cars have reasonable maintenance cost as oppose to European and British cars. Super compact cars have higher maintenance than normal sedan or saloon cars. Luxury cars have higher maintenance as oppose to regular cars. Sports car and performance cars have higher maintenance as well. Fuel mileage: Smaller the car size and car engine capacity lesser the fuel consumption. Big 4x4, Sports car and performance cars have higher fuel consumption as well. Re-sale value: In order of best to worst - Japanese, American, Korean, German, British and French. Real cost of car ownership = (Cost of the car + Insurance + Registration + Finance cost + Fuel consumption + Maintenance) - Re-sale Value.
Hope it's clear to many new car buyers in making an educated decision.