Abu Dhabi: A bus carrying 52 pilgrims was involved in a traffic accident on Tuesday morning, according to Abu Dhabi Police.
In a statement, Abu Dhabi Police said the passengers were travelling back from Makkah to the Sultanate of Oman when the bus crashed into a metal barrier on the median strip..
The accident happened on the highway of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road in the direction of Oman.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
Colonel Mohammad Salem Al Shehhi, director of traffic and patrol department of Abu Dhabi Police, said that emergency first responders ensured that all passengers were safe, and provided them with shelter, food and drinks until an alternative means of transport was arranged.
According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, driving at an excessive speed contributes up to 80 per cent of all injury crashes, which indicated a clear link between speed and traffic accidents.
Good drivers can reduce this risk by choosing to:
- Drive more slowly
- Scan the road ahead for possible hazards
- Increase the space between them and the car in front
- Stay behind cars rather than overtaking
- Always travel at a speed that will allow enough time for them to brake
The faster you are going, the more distance you will cover between seeing a situation where you need to use the brake and actually getting your foot on the pedal to start braking.
Also, the faster you are going, the more distance you will cover while braking before you actually stop.
The table below gives some figures for a typical heavy vehicle on dry roads.
The distance travelled while braking and the total stopping distance will vary according to conditions. The faster you are travelling, the more time and distance you have to allow before stopping.
Source: Dubai Roads and Transport Authority