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Non-use of indicators a factor in number one cause of UAE road deaths, says Road Safety UAE

Drivers failed to use indicators in almost half of 5,000 observed manoeuvres on UAE roads between February and June 2019

Non-use of indicators a factor in number one cause of UAE road deaths, says Road Safety UAE
The ‘non-use’ of indicators occurred across all types or roads, private vehicles and commercial vehicles, such as taxis and limos

About half of all lane changes in the UAE happen without indicating despite the inherent dangers, according to new study.

In a ‘behind the wheel’ study conducted by Road Safety UAE, the indicators were not used in 47 percent of instances of more than 5,000 observed manoeuvres on UAE roads between February and June 2019.

The ‘non-use’ of indicators occurred across all types or roads, private vehicles and commercial vehicles, such as taxis and limos

Neglecting to use indicators is a major cause of lane swerving, which was the leading cause of death in the UAE in 2018, killing 59 people and causing major injuries to 495, according to government statistics.  

“The lack of indicator use is not only a nuisance and a sign of poor road habits, but it can also be dangerous when motorists don’t indicate to others where they want to move,” said Thomas Edelmann, managing director of non-profit body Road Safety UAE.

During its participation at the ‘New in the UAE’ Exhibition, Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) has highlighted the culture of safety and traffic in the UAE and how to maintain the safety and full readiness of vehicles. 

The exhibition, held in Meydan Hotel Dubai, aims to introduce expatriates to the most prominent traffic laws in the UAE, as well as best practices.

Fahad al-Raisi, Deputy CEO of DGW said: “We are keen to enhance efforts and joint coordination with various government and private entities, in order to facilitate the lives of residents in the UAE and make them aware of the instructions that maintain their safety and the safety of the UAE community.”

Tips for proper indicator use from Road Safety UAE

  • Bear in mind, that non-use of indicators is a major factor in road fatalities
  • Using your indicator is a basic rule of road safety (non-use carries fines and black points)
  • Using your indicator shows good manners – it’s basic etiquette to signal where you intend to go
  • Start indicating a few seconds before you actually move, to make others aware
  • Check in front and around you – check mirrors – indicate before your move – look over your left shoulder – then maneuver
  • Always indicate when you want to change lanes, take a turn, exit a roundabout or pull out of a parking slot.

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