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UAE roads becoming safer, say motorists

Data from RoadSafetyUAE indicates that many local motorists believe there to be less dangerous behaviour on the country's roads

UAE roads becoming safer, say motorists

UAE motorists perceive the country’s roads to be significantly safer than in the past, according to new data from RoadSafetyUAE.

The data, which comes from the 6th cycle of the “UAE Road Safety Monitor”, shows that there was a 3 percent reduction in perceived overall dangerous driving, as well as an 11 percent reduction in lane swerving, a 9 percent reduction in distracted driving, and an 8 percent reduction in speeding.

Additionally, UAE motorists reported that the perceived 5 percent reduction in tailgating and a 10 percent reduction in commute times. Only 1 percent of motorists queried reported being involved in a collision.

On the other hand, there was a 6 percent reduction in “driving enjoyment”, and a 10 percent reduction in perceived improvements to traffic infrastructure.

“It seems that the ongoing and hard work of all stakeholders like governmental entities, the media, corporations and platforms like RoadSafetyUAE have started bearing fruit,” said RoadSafetyUAE managing director Thomas Edelmann.

“UAE Motorists perceive less dangerous driving, less lane swerving, less tailgating, less speeding and less distracted driving on our roads.”

Frederik Bisbjerg, the executive vice president of retail of i-Insured – which commissioned the study – said that despite the positive trends, “more work needs to be done.”

“The absolute levels of perceived misbehaviour are still high,” he said. “The dedicated work of all stakeholders must continue, especially with regards to educating the UAE’s road users by creating more awareness for proper conduct.”

The study, which was carried out by YouGov in February, is based on the views of a representative sample of 1,004 UAE residents.

Nagaraj Gangadhar 1 years ago

Accidents and swerving can be further reduced to a great extent if the road users are educated about lane discipline. I agree that many accidents happen due to over speeding and lane swerving but I feel that the slow drivers driving in the fast lanes are equally responsible for this. On a 120kph road with an additional grace of 20kph we see people driving at or below 100kph and occupying 2nd lane from left leaving no space for people driving in the 1st lane on left to move to 2nd lane. Road safety can be improved a lot when the drivers can stick to right most possible lanes and use the left lanes just for overtaking.