Dubai: Regardless of whether residents fast during Ramadan or not, motorists should always drive with caution and adhere to traffic rules at all times.
A new survey released on Monday identified the driving habits of UAE drivers during Ramadan, and pinpointed the most dangerous weekday and time to be out on the roads.
After analysing 1,651 accident claims of 2017 provided by i-Insured, road safety experts found that motorists above the age of 40 should take extra caution on roads, to be vigilant during morning rush-hour and for men to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude.
Thomas Edelmann, managing director of Road Safety UAE, said: “Motorists must realise 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.”
While traffic accidents can happen on any given day, the survey revealed that more accidents take place on a Tuesday in the late morning from 10-11am, while the least dangerous days are Saturdays.
“As many of us start our working days later, we see the majority of claims happening in the late-morning office rush hours,” read the survey, which also noted that the accident reports were very evenly spread over the four weeks of Ramadan.
The report further added that motorists above 40 years old were more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists, and added that men are significantly more accident prone than women.