Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to us, which creates a lot of traffic on the roads. This festive period poses unique challenges for all kind of traffic participants.
The Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on the 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 attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience and distraction.
Older male motorists must take extra caution
RoadSafetyUAE, QIC Insured and Gargash Insurance Brokers teamed up to analyse the 2016 Ramadan claims data of 1,845 reported accidents/claims to draw educational tips for this year’s Ramadan.
Frederik Bisbjerg, QIC Insured Executive Vice President, MENA Retail flagged three main findings based on this survey:
1. Older motorists (40+) must take extra caution
2. Mind the morning rush-hours
3. Male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude
Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE said: “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.”
Edelmann said motorists need to remember five important things this Ramadan:
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
Mustafa Oliyath Vazayil, Managing Director, Gargash Insurance Brokers said: “Motorists must realise 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.”
Accidents peak in the mid-morning rush-hours
The main findings of the survey are:
Accidents by time of the day: As many of us start our working days later, the majority of accidents happen in the late-morning office rush hours.
Accidents by Ramadan weeks and week days: The claims/accidents are very evenly spread over the four weeks of Ramadan, with values of 23-24 per cent for each week. The most dangerous weekdays are Wednesdays and least dangerous are Sundays.
Socio-demographic data: Older traffic participants (40+) are over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists. Males are significantly more accident prone than females.