We say it every Ramadan – to be extra careful on the roads during the Holy Month as there usually is an increase in accidents – but in spite of the many safety campaigns and a host of useful tips on trying to improve road safety by the Police and the RTA, it seems to fall on deaf ears.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) continues to urge drivers to comply with all road safety rules to avoid accidents, stressing the importance of not exceeding the speed limit and keeping focused on the road at all times but not a day goes by when we witness several counts of reckless behaviour by motorists.
Fasting is extremely beneficial for the body and most who do it feel they have more energy during the month of Ramadan and feel sharper mentally too - but it appears the problems on the road arise when people, fasting or not, speed in their vehicles and drive dangerously.
Here are 10 tips which we encourage drivers to follow to try and improve road safety:
- Keep at least a two car length between you and the vehicle ahead of you
- Do not tailgate
- Do not drive over the speed limit
- Expect the unexpected
- Avoid rushing home close to Iftar time by planning your schedule properly
- Make sure you use your headlights in the evening/dawn
- Always try to drive defensively
- Try to be courteous and give way to other drivers
- Always wear your seat belt
- Try to use public transport if you can