Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to us, and this creates a lot of traffic!
If we only consider the changing traffic patterns due to employees arriving late to work or leaving work early , this festive period poses unique challenges for road users.
The Ramadan specific lifestyle also has physical effects on our body, especially when coinciding with the hot summer season like this year.
Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can limit our attentiveness, concentration, vision, and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience, and distraction.
2017 Ramadan Data
RoadSafetyUAE analyzed the 2017 Ramadan claims data of 1,651 reported UAE accidents/claims provided by i-Insured to draw learnings for this year’s Ramadan.
Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President Retail i-Insured, states “Based on the analyzed data, we want to flag these 3 main findings:
– Especially older motorists (40+) must take extra caution
– Mind the morning rush-hours
– Male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude!”
5 vital ‘Tips & Tricks’
Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE comments: “It is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our own behavior, as well as the behavior of other traffic participants! We want to provide UAE’s motorists with 5 vital ‘Tips & Tricks’:
1. Be aware of your own limitations!
2. Watch out for other traffic participants potentially under the same limitations.
3. Expect the unexpected – we all MUST drive defensively!
4. Plan your schedule properly and leave early to avoid the need of rushing and speeding.
5. Always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to start this habit!”
“Motorists must realize, that even if they arrive late for a Ramadan event, people will understand. Good time management is crucial and motorists are urged to leave early enough and allow for a time buffer to reach their destination on time. We need to display a caring attitude for ourselves and for others in this very special period!”, Edelmann concludes.
The main findings of the survey are:
Accidents by time of the day: As many of us start their working days later, we see the majority of claims/accidents happening in the late-morning office rush hours.
Accidents by Ramadan weeks and weekdays: The claims/accidents are very evenly spread over the 4 weeks of Ramadan. The most dangerous weekdays are Tuesdays and least dangerous are Saturdays.
Sociodemographic data: Older traffic participants (40+) are over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists, but also the age group 30-35 years old. Males are significantly more accident prone than females.