By Sarah Townsend
90% of 2015 road accidents ‘caused by men’, says research by Movesouq.com, Qatar insurance
Driving under the influence of alcohol has been identified as one of the main causes of road accidents in Dubai in 2015 – despite the UAE’s zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving.
Research by Movesouq.com, the UAE-based removals and home services website, with Qatar Insurance Company, found that 20 percent of accidents in Dubai last year were caused by drink-driving, and another fifth of accidents was caused by swerving and switching lanes suddenly and without warning.
Not leaving enough distance between cars was another top reason, accounting for 19 percent of 2015 road accidents, while ‘lack of judgement’ and not keeping in the lane accounted for 10 percent and 6 percent of accidents respectively.
Meanwhile, driving at night is more dangerous than daytime driving despite fewer cars being on the road at night, the research found. Nighttime accidents accounted for over half (55 percent) of all accidents. It also found that more accidents happened on a Thursday (65 percent) – the end of the working week in the GCC – than on any other day in 2015.
The study also claimed that women are better, safer drivers than men. Men were responsible for 90 percent of accidents reported in 2015 – although the research pointed out that men also account for over 70 percent of the UAE population and there are more men on the roads than women, which may have skewed the results.
Unsurprisingly, younger, inexperienced drivers cause the most accidents. Almost two-fifths (37 percent) of accidents in 2015 were caused by drivers aged between 21 and 29 years old, followed by a third (34 percent) caused by those aged between 30 and 39.
Only 14 percent of accidents were caused by people between 40 and 49 and even fewer (9 percent) by people aged 50 and over.
Frederik Bisbjerg, head of group retail & executive vice-president MENA at Qatar Insurance, said: “It seems clear that most of the accidents are caused due to lack of experience from the drivers of the cars, which is an issue that we need to address as an industry and as a country.
“We already do to some extent by rewarding safe drivers, but the near future will see even more [insurance] products and initiatives focusing on improving driver behavior.”
The data was compiled from Dubai Police statistics on road accidents that occurred in 2015 with legal cases attached to them only, with the exception of minor incidents causing minor to moderate damages to property, Movesouq.com and Qatar Insurance said.