Qatar's motorists believe that roads have become “less dangerous” due to “improved road infrastructure,” according to QIC Insured’s ‘Road Safety Monitor’.
The survey, commissioned by QIC Insured, the retail arm of leading insurer QIC, delivers encouraging perception trends of Qatar’s motorists about infrastructure, overall driving enjoyment, commute time, and driving behaviour that are often linked to the cause of accidents in Qatar.
The survey, which was conducted by YouGov last month, is based on the views of a representative sample of the residents of Qatar.
Survey highlights over the last six months indicate that majority of the respondents (64%) “strongly agree” / “agree” that road infrastructure has improved over the last six months, leading to shorter commute time (58%) and more driving enjoyment (46%).
Only (38%) of the respondents believe that dangerous driving may have increased over the last six months.
There has been a marginal improvement in the trend for distracted driving, according to 80% of the respondents. Speeding on the roads too appears to have decreased (64%).
The trend for abrupt changing of lanes seems to have dropped (67%). However, the perception trend for tailgating appears unchanged over the last six months (76%).
Salem al-Mannai, deputy group president & CEO at QIC Mena.
Salem al-Mannai, deputy group president & CEO at QIC Mena, said: “It is indeed encouraging to observe that most of the dimensions included in the survey have developed in the right direction, which can be attributed to the various initiatives taken by the ministry for improving road safety in the State of Qatar.
“We are proud to be associated with this unique, long-term perception study as it demonstrates the efforts of QIC Insured to actively support the creation of safer roads, in line with Qatar’s National Road Safety Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030.”
He added: “While the observed trends are mainly positive, further efforts in education, enforcement, and infrastructure improvement are needed by all stakeholders, public and private entities, and media to inculcate the culture of road safety in Qatar.
“This means working collaboratively across all elements of the road transport system and recognising that everybody has a role to play in improving road safety. It would also lay the foundations for a safe road transport system that will benefit future generations.”
The study will be repeated every six months with the next scheduled release in the third quarter of 2017.