Ramadan road safety rules by RoadSafetyUAE

Ramadan road safety rules by RoadSafetyUAE

During Ramadan, hundreds of accidents and fatalities occur due to increased traffic. 

To raise awareness and protect UAE road users, Tokio Marine and RoadSafetyUAE analysed their 2023 Ramadan motor insurance claims data. 

The findings show that Ramadan poses unique challenges for traffic participants, and motorists must be extra cautious. Fasting can cause dehydration and low blood sugar, affecting attentiveness and reaction time. Motorists should drive defensively, plan for delays, wear seat belts, and maintain a safe distance.

‘Weaker’ traffic participants must also exercise caution.

The organisation recommended all drivers adhere to safer measures such as:

  • Be aware of your potential limitations! 
  • Watch out for other traffic participants potentially under the same effects. 
  • Expect the unexpected – we all MUST drive defensively! 
  • Plan for possible delays and add a time buffer! 
  • Always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to finally start this habit! 
  • Watch out in the late morning rush hours! 
  • Watch out in the noon and afternoon!
  • Try to anticipate the sudden movements of other road users. 
  • Keep a sufficient distance and do not tailgate. 
  • Plan your schedules properly and leave early to avoid the need for rushing and speeding. 
  • You can run a little bit late – people will understand. 
  • Stay off the roads at sundown, if you can avoid it. 
  • Use your lights during dusk, before Iftar 
  • Avoid fatigue and get enough sleep. 
  • Pull over immediately when you become drowsy. 
  • Use public transport or taxis. 

How to do it right – as a non-fasting driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist, passenger, etc. 

  • Be considerate and generous to other traffic participants who might fast! 
  • ALL traffic participants – fasting and non-fasting – must be extra careful during Ramadan! 
  • Especially, ‘weaker’ traffic participants (pedestrians, cyclists, eScooter riders or motorcyclists) must watch out for potentially irrational behaviour of other traffic participants! 
  • Apply the same defensive driving approach as fasting traffic participants. 
  • Be very careful in the peak accident morning rush hours and around noon and early afternoon!
  • Try to stay off the roads if possible!