Staying safe on Dubai roads during the summer is always a challenge, especially if Ramadan is also during the summer, as is the case this year. Extremely high temperatures and driving on an empty stomach do not make a good combination. In the rush to reach home in time to break the fast, many people become impatient at traffic signals and at what they consider to be the rash behavior of others on the road.
Studies have proved that faster can affect the cognitive functioning, and thus can impair the concentration required to drive safely. There are two ways in which this has an impact on driving: it affects our ability to react quickly (reaction time) and it also affects our spatial perception (our perception about objects in our vicinity). Fasting also leads to decrease in concentration and fatigue and this can cause motorists to miss road signs, exhibit lack of lane discipline and generally make mistakes leading to accidents.
Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure that you and other motorists stay safe on the roads this summer:
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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