According to a study conducted by RoadSafetyUAE, based on 1,651 reported accidents/claims in the UAE provided by i-Insured during Ramadan last year, motorists aged 40 and above are more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists. They are also slightly more inclined to get involved in road mishaps than those who belong to the age group 30-35 years old. Moreover, males are significantly more accident prone than females.
The majority of accidents happen in the late-morning office rush hours, as many start their working days late. The accidents are very evenly spread over the four weeks of Ramadan but the most dangerous days are Tuesdays and least dangerous are Saturdays.
In terms of nationalities who made accident claims last year, Indians topped the list at 47 per cent, followed by Emiratis at 14 per cent and Pakistanis at 12 per cent. Egyptians and Jordanians recorded 6 and 3 per cent respectively while a composite number of nationalities recorded a total of 18 per cent.
“Road traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities peak in the holy month of Ramadan. It is sad to witness hundreds of accidents and dozens of fatalities every year. Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to you, which creates a lot of traffic. But the festive time also brings very unique challenges for motorists and pedestrians,” said Thomas Edelmann, founder and managing director of RoadSafetyUAE.
Frederik Bisbjerg, executive vice president for retail at i-Insured, noted: “Based on the analyzed data, we want to flag these three main findings: Older motorists (40+) must take extra caution; motorists should mind the morning rush-hours, and male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude.”
According to experts, the so-called Ramadan specific lifestyle 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 (on the road).”
“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,” Edelmann concluded.
Source Credit: Khaleej Times