Ramadan Rush – Safety First!
Today, Dubai Police in a press release, revealed a shocking stats: and unimaginable 250 accidents and an insurmountable 2419 emergency phone call relating the traffic incidents.
Though every step is taken to observe zero tolerance when it comes to safety and especially during the month of Ramadan combined with soaring temperatures reaching 45 Celsius. Still we, see the modus operandi tattered with holes.
It is imperative that drivers must take ownership of their actions (drive). Let go of the small things that makes up the big demons. German tire manufacturer Continental harbinger of road safety has provided the an extensive study highlighting the shift-of-patterns of traffic due to drivers’ behaviors in the region.
By developing a series of driving tips tailored to the region, Continental endeavors to help drivers lower the number of road traffic accidents in the region and ultimately achieve their goal of Vision Zero: an ambitious global campaign to achieve zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents.
Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of preventable death, claiming more than 1.2 million lives per year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a recent report on the global status of road safety. The third such report conducted by the United Nations’ health agency, provides startling data on road traffic injuries.
Middle East with highest rates of road traffic fatalities. Deaths resulting from road accidents per 100,000 Population
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Europe is leading with lowest of road traffic fatalities. Deaths resulting from road accidents per 100,000 Population
With rising temperatures in the Middle East region, and the potential of additional side effects for those fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, drivers need to be especially careful. Additionally, traffic patterns, that see the number of cars on the roads soar as people travel to break their fast at Iftar, present drivers with a greater need than usual to consider a number of skills and demonstrate certain attitudes while driving. To help stay safe on the roads this Ramadan, Continental recommends:
- Avoiding the overuse of cruise control as the lack of engagement can lead to a drowsy driver losing concentration at the wheel, especially making long journeys in the hours before Iftar, when blood sugar levels and hydration are naturally at their lowest when fasting.
- Avoiding driving one hour before sunset, where possible, as people may be driving at higher speeds, rushing home in time for Iftar.
- Having consistent meal times and a regular exercise routine. This will help adjustment to an altered schedule and reduce the possibility of tiredness while driving
- Using a windscreen sun shade and turning the steering wheel 180 degrees before getting out of the car. This ensures that the side held while driving is safely in the shade. The windscreen shade works to keep the car interior cooler, lowering the risk of dehydration.
- Ensuring your car is parked safely at prayer time, so that it doesn’t impede the traffic flow; as this can lead to congestion and accidents.
- Staying alert for road sight pedestrians as many people may be distributing free beverages and meals to drivers during Iftar.
- Being visible on the roads by ensuring that headlights, taillights, and signal lights are clean and working properly. With dust storms more prevalent in the summer, windows and lights are liable to have a covering of thick dust, potentially impairing vision and visibility.
- Checking tyre pressure when the vehicle is cold for an accurate reading. Tyres will warm up while driving, which naturally increases pressure.
- Keeping a safe distance by maintaining a sufficient gap of two-three seconds from the vehicle in front, extending that time to four seconds for motorcycles and allowing for slower reaction times for tired drivers.