QIC Insured has released its analysis of 2,122 accidents/claims during Ramadan 2017 to educate motorists by providing them with driving and safety tips during the observance of this year’s holy month.
The survey revealed that accidents on Ramadan happen during late-morning office rush hours. The claims/accidents are evenly spread over the four weeks of Ramadan, with Tuesday as the most dangerous weekday and Thursday as the least dangerous. Socio demographic data revealed that drivers 40 years old and above “are over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists.”
“Likewise, traffic participants belonging to the age group of 30-35 years seem to be equally prone to being involved in accidents. The data sets also reveal that males are significantly more accident prone than females,” the survey said.
QIC Insured Senior Claims manager Ahmed Jarboey said, “Based on the data, we want to flag three main findings: older motorists must take extra caution, mind the morning rush hours, and male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude. It is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our driving behaviour, as well as the driving behaviour of other motorists.”
To drive safely during the holy month, Jarboey said QIC Insured has provided Qatar’s motorists with five “vital tips and tricks” – be aware of your own limitations, watch out for other traffic participants potentially under the same limitations, expect the unexpected – we all must drive defensively, plan your schedule properly and leave early to avoid rushing and speeding, always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to start this habit. Jarboey said, “Motorists must realise that even if they arrive late for Iftar or an event, people will understand.
Good time management is crucial and motorists are urged to leave early and keep sufficient time in hand to reach their destination. We need to display a caring attitude for ourselves and for others in this very special period.”
Ramadan is that time of the year when festivities are in full swing and when everyone wants to be with family, friends and keep their commitments.
Many a times this poses unique challenges for all types of motorists. The Ramadan-specific lifestyle has physical effects on one’s body, especially as it coincides with the hot summer season like this year.
Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can limit one’s attentiveness, concentration, vision, and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience, and distraction. The complete list of Ramadan related ‘Tips & Tricks’ is available at http://roadsafety.i-insured.com/ /.
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