By Parag Deulgaonkar
The companies have based their analysis on 1,845 reported accidents/claims during the Holy Month in 2016
Indians have topped the list of accidents and claims during Ramadan in the UAE, according to a new report.
Thirty-nine percent of the accident/claim were filed by Indians with Pakistanis following in at 15 percent, RoadSafetyUAE, QIC Insured and Gargash Insurance Brokers said in a joint statement.
The companies have based their analysis on 1,845 reported accidents/claims during Ramadan 2016.
The report also found 11 percent of the accident/claims were made by Emiratis, seven percent by Egyptians and four percent by Jordanians.
Thirty-one percent of the motorists who were involved in accidents during the holy month of fasting were over 40 years, followed by drivers in the 30-to-35 age bracket. Eighty-two percent of claims were made by male drivers, compared to just 18 percent by female drivers.
Frederik Bisbjerg, QIC Insured executive vice president, Mena retail, said: “Based on this survey, we want to flag these three main findings -- older motorists (40+) must take extra caution, mind the morning rush-hours and male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude.”
Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on people’s body especially when coinciding with the hot summer season. 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.
Thomas Edelmann, managing director, RoadSafetyUAE said that it is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect people’s behaviour and the behaviour of other traffic participants.”
The following are some important tips:
# Be aware of your own limitations
# Watch out for other traffic participants potentially under the same limitations
# Expect the unexpected – try and drive defensively
# Plan your schedule properly and leave early to avoid the need of rushing and speeding
# Always wear seat belt
# Approach signals carefully at Iftar time – even when the light is green – and don’t jump red lights.
# Keep a sufficient distance between vehicles and don’t tailgate
# Around sunset prior to Iftar, be very cautious
# Use your lights during dawn, before Iftar
# Stay off the roads at sundown, if you can avoid it
# If you can run a little bit late – people will understand
# Avoid fatigue and get enough sleep
# Pull over immediately when you becoming drowsy
#Use public transport or taxis if you can
Naturally, the more the number in population, the percentage will be all be more. It's a simple calculation irrespective of Ramadan month or day.
Its time to start curbing license issued to people who cause numerous traffic violations. There are beautiful transit options, no need to argue that they have lost there right to drive, it is a privilege not a right.
Indians are over 60% of the population. Of course, statistically, they would figure high up. How about those that fast and are lightheaded in the heat without water or food for 10 hours? I've lived here for nearly 10 years and I see it all the time. The ride home is plagued with speeding and people passing on shoulders and zero indicator use and dangerous cutting into lanes. Don't blame the Indian population because they just happen to be, by default, mentioned in every demographic poll. It's bad and irresponsible journalism. Tell me why taxis are involved in over 75% of the accidents i see? Because they are ever present on the roads (and because they are generally very passive on road laws).
The statistics shown are specifically by nationalities versus accidents and there should also be an analysis by population / per capita that I am sure would show some some interesting figures.
(A former expat for 20 years in the UAE).
Emiratis 11% of population 11% of accidents. Pakistanis 12.5% of population; 15% of accidents. Indians 27% of the population - 39% of the accidents.
(% of population based upon individual embassy stats.)