Every year, we hear about road accidents, and fatalities increasing during a time of the year that is considered holy. Fasting is meant to be a period where we enjoy closeness with family and friends and switch to life in the slow lane. However, many drivers in the rush to reach home in time to break the fast drive dangerously and contribute to the chaos on the roads. The physical fatigue caused by fasting and the delay in reaction time too contributes to the greater rate of accidents.
When Ramadan falls during summer as it does this year, it adds to the toll fasting takes on the body leading to higher levels of dehydration and low blood sugar levels. This has an adverse effect on the concentration, vision, reaction times and attention span of motorists. The shift in sleeping pattern due to staying awake for a longer time in the evenings can also lead to exhaustion and distracted driving.
The time just before sunset is the most dangerous time to be on the roads, with everyone hurrying to get to their iftars. This period with the toll it takes psychologically and physically can give rise to considerable levels of road rage. Every person on the road – motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians need to be extra vigilant during this time.
Speakign about precautionary steps that can be taken, Thomas Edelmann, founder of RoadSafetyUAE said that the portal’s Ramadan ‘Tips&Tricks’ section focuses on defensive driving techniques and on time management, in addition to covering seat belts, speeding and tailgating. The complete list can be found on http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/ramadan/. Everyone needs to be aware of the effects the Ramadan lifestyle can have on their own behavior, as well as that of others.
The top-5 most important tips RoadSafetyUAE wants to give for Ramadan are:
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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