Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 15, 2018

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Ramadan – Accidents / Claims Analysis & Road Safety Tips

• 2017 Ramadan Claims / Accidents data used for analysis (1,651 claims)

• Older motorists and male motorists must take extra caution during Ramadan

• Claims / Accidents peak in the mid-morning rush-hours

• 5 important Ramadan road safety ‘Tips & Tricks’

Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to us, and this creates a lot of traffic! This festive period poses unique challenges for road users.

The Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on our body, especially when coinciding with the hot summer season like this year. Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can limit our attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience and distraction.

RoadSafetyUAE analyzed the 2017 Ramadan claims data of 1,651 reported UAE accidents/claims provided by i-Insured to draw learnings for this year’s Ramadan.

Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President Retail i-Insured, states “Based on the analyzed data, we want to flag these 3 main findings:

  • Especially older motorists (40+) must take extra caution
  • Mind the morning rush-hours
  • Male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude!”

Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE comments: “It is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our own behavior, as well as the behavior of other traffic participants! We want to provide UAE’s motorists with 5 vital ‘Tips & 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 the need of rushing and speeding.
  • Always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to start this habit!”

“Motorists must realize, 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!”, Edelmann concludes.

The main findings of the survey are:

Accidents by time of the day: As many of us start their working days later, we see the majority of claims / accidents happening in the late-morning office rush hours.

Accidents by Ramadan weeks and week days: The claims / accidents are very evenly spread over the 4 weeks of Ramadan. The most dangerous weekdays are Tuesdays and least dangerous are Saturdays.

Day Time

Accidents/Claims

6am-8am

4%

8am-9am

9%

9am-10am

13%

10am-11am

16%

11am-12am

14%

12pm-1pm

12%

1pm-2pm

11%

2pm-3pm

7%

3pm-4pm

6%

4pm-5pm

4%

5pm-6pm

2%

6pm-8pm

3%

Weekday

Accidents/Claims

Sunday

14%

Monday

16%

Tuesday

18%

Wednesday

15%

Thursday

14%

Friday

13%

Saturday

10%

Socio demographic data: Older traffic participants (40+) are over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists, but also the age group 30-35 years old. Males are significantly more accident prone than females.

Nationality

Accidents/Claims %

Indian

47%

Emirati

14%

Pakistani

12%

Egyptian

6%

Jordanian

3%

Others

18%

Age Range

Accidents/Claims %

18 - 24

8%

25-30

22%

30-35

27%

35-40

16%

40+

28%

Gender

Accidents/Claims %

Female

23%

Male

77%

The complete list of Ramadan related ‘Tips & Tricks’ can be found on http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/ramadan/.

About RoadSafetyUAE:

RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award-winning platform engages with the stakeholders traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and more than 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) minded partners. ‘Tips & Tricks’ are the content backbone, provided for more than 60 topics of road safety, all specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on www.RoadSafetyUAE.com

In addition to i-Insured, RoadSafetyUAE partners RTA, Ministry of Education, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Health Authority, Michelin, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Al-Futtaim Honda, Volvo, Al Ghandi Auto (Chevrolet - GMC), MAN Trucks, ENOC AutoPro, Caltex, Careem, dubizzle, Deliveroo, Johnson&Johnson, Serco, MiXTelematics, WABCO, JustKidding, STS, Osram, Safety Media, Arab Wheels, AETOS Wire and more to join soon.



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