Take it easy, weall want to get home safely
UAE motorists send Ramadan message to reckless drivers
Drivers across the UAE must think twice before rushing home to break their fast during Ramadan.
That was the message from motorists who want to avoid a repeat of previous years on the roads during the Holy Month.
Last year, Dubai Police recorded 201 serious accidents, which resulted in 10 deaths and 147 injuries, during Ramadan.
The first day of Ramadan brought numerous minor crashes on the roads yesterday and motorists have called for everyone to show compassion and goodwill when behind the wheel.
Mohammed Abdel Wahid, 31, told 7DAYS: “I understand that everyone has a busy schedule but sudden swerving and lane cutting will not get you to your destination faster.”
The Holy Month of Ramadan is filled with endless blessings and it is the time for everyone to exchange goodwill. Though Ramadan can offer a number of health benefits, we know that fasting has physiological and psychological effects.
Fasting can cause temporary low blood sugar, which will drastically affect the attentiveness, concentration, vision and action/reaction. Especially this Ramadan because it is in the peak time of summer and that can easily lead to dehydration and fatigue.
Fewer hours of sleep, irregular meal times and evenings full of prayers, social gatherings and events will affect our ability to be alert and focused while driving.
These things are putting more stress on our body, causing fatigue and diminishing the ability to perform the driving task.
Once fatigue sets in while driving, there is little you can do except STOP the vehicle in a safe place, far from the road, as soon as possible.
To ensure safe driving, safety of our passengers and other road users during Ramadan, we need to be aware of our own fatigue as well as other drivers’.
So here are some tips to help… PLAN THE DRIVE AHEAD
Plan well - factor in sleeping time, consistent meal times and regular exercise routine.
If you are feeling sleepy before driving, take a nap for no more than 15 minutes. Buckle up yourself and insist all your passengers wear seatbelts at all times. If you feel sleepy while driving, pull over immediately and take a short nap.
After the nap, get out of the car and walk about to help improve your blood circulation.
Always maintain sufficient safe distance with the vehicle in front.
Always adjust your speed to the road and weather conditions.
Be more courteous and patient with other road users.
Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination on time. TAKE FOOD WITH YOU
If you are fasting and not sure to reach your destination for iftar, it’s better to take the breakfast meal with you and have it after stopping the car in a safe place rather than rushing. Avoid driving for long hours. Avoid driving after heavy meals, especially after breaking fast. If at all possible, avoid the roads from about one hour before sunset. At this time, people will often be driving at high speeds to make it home in time to break the fast. All usual driving rules tend to go out the window at this point. If someone looks like he is in a ‘road rage’ and shouting at you, no matter how difficult it is, let it go, and keep calm. Expect the unexpected at all times! BE AWARE OF FATIGUE
The best time to drive during Ramadan is just after iftar has started because the roads will be free of traffic.
Be aware of your own fatigue, as well as your physical and mental condition. This will ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers
Drive defensively. Observe all traffic signs, rules and regulations. Most importantly, watch out for the other drivers on the road. Use your defensive driving techniques to avoid dangerous situations and so, you can always anticipate other drivers’ actions.
If you are tired, use taxis, buses or even join a car pool.
Good and kind deeds towards others, and good habits on the roads during the month of Ramadan should become permanent habits for the future.
SPEAKING OUT: From top left - Adatia Shah, Hamad Ali, Mohammed Abdel Wahid, Massed Al Shahi, Shabaz Nawaz and Ashesh Manish
TIRED: It’s no surprise that you will feel more tired when you are fasting during Ramadan