Ramadan is just around the corner and road safety experts have urged motorists to be extra careful and to leave plenty of time for journeys to avoid the need for speeding so that accidents don’t take place. A study, conducted by RoadSafetyUAE says, 1,651 accidents took place last year during the holy month. Most of the accidents were during the late morning work rush hour between 10 am and 11 am as staff work shorter hours. Motorists aged 40 and above are more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists. They are also slightly more inclined to get involved in road mishaps than those who belong to the age group 30-35 years old. Moreover, males are significantly more accident prone than females. The accidents are very evenly spread over the four weeks of Ramadan but the most dangerous days are Tuesdays and least dangerous are Saturdays.

Fasting leads to dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can affect attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction times. In addition to fasting, the unusual Ramadan eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience, and distraction.

In terms of segregation of nationalities, Indians topped the list at 47%, followed by Emiratis at 14% and Pakistanis at 12%. Egyptians and Jordanians recorded 6 and 3% respectively while a composite number of nationalities recorded a total of 18%.

Thomas Edelmann, managing director of RoadSafetyUAE, said it is of the utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our own behavior, as well as the behavior of other traffic participants.

“Motorists must realize that even if they arrive late for a Ramadan event, people will understand. Good time management is crucial and motorists are urged to leave early enough and allow for a time buffer to reach their destination on time. We need to display a caring attitude for ourselves and for others in this very special period,” said Mr Edelmann.