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
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