KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has advised the public to be more careful when driving to avoid road accidents during the haze.

Its director-general Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak said although records from the Royal Malaysian Police database showed that more accidents occurred during good weather, the risk of accidents in bad weather was also high due to slippery road conditions and low visibility.

“Due to low visibility, road users are urged to make sure all vehicle lights are functioning properly and to turn them on to increase the visibility for other road users.

“Avoid using the high beams because water particles in the air can absorb and reflect that light and only use high beams if necessary. If visibility is low, turn on the fog lights,” she said yesterday.

She added the high illumination rate of these fog lamps could increase the visibility rate.

“The safe driving distance between cars should also be increased.” – Bernama