Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Take Care When Driving this Ramadan

In Islam, Ramadan is the holiest month in the calendar. It is a period of reflection as most Muslims observe a fast - not eating or drinking during sunlight hours.

There are other acts that are also included in the fast, but by and large fasting is the main thing. With limited calories and nutrients entering the body, this can of course have an effect on how we perform throughout the day.

Effects of Fasting

Fasting affects different people in different ways. It is important that we stress that just because you are fasting, this does not immediately make you a bad driver. However, some of the symptoms of fasting for long periods can have a negative effect on your body and your driving.

Some of these effects include:

  • Delayed reaction
  • Tiredness
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor coordination
  • Lack of concentration

All of these symptoms can potentially be a hazard behind the wheel, especially longer journeys that require greater prolonged periods of concentration. The last thing you want is to find yourself falling asleep on the motorway.

What You Can Do

If you are one of the many that are fasting this Ramadan, make sure to have plenty of rest before getting in the car. Fasting or not, you need to be focused and relaxed before setting off on any journey. Otherwise, you are a danger not only to yourself, but to other road users as well. Ensure that you have plenty of sleep after prayers and that you are taking the correct nutrients during meals in order to keep your body fueled during the day.

Other tips that you can do to help keep you focused behind the wheel is to roll down the window and/or put the air conditioner on so as you have a cool breeze, as well as leaving early to allow sufficient time to stop for rests if you become tired.

If you do pull into a service station, splash your face with cold water can also help to maintain your level of focus. Also, avoid driving during rush hour traffic – a tip that we would advise at all times.

Drive Comfortably

You need to be comfortable when driving, not just during Ramadan but at all times of the year. According to Auto Express, the Audi Q7 is among the 10 most comfortable cars to drive, making it the ideal vehicle to get you from A to B.

The best drives are when you feel fresh and can enjoy the driving experience. When you simply aren’t sitting comfortably during the drive, this can be a distraction. The driver’s seat should be your own personal haven where you are in complete control and tuned in to your car.

Accidents during Ramadan

In the United Arab Emirates, a predominantly Muslim country, it was found that men are most likely to cause an accident on the road during Ramadan, with 77% of accidents recorded from a case study of 1,651 accidents during Ramadan 2017 to be as a result of male drivers.

Tuesdays were statistically the most dangerous day to be on the road while Saturdays were the safest. In the morning between 10am and 11am – rush hour in UAE during Ramadan – was the time you would most likely see an accident on the road.

For all our Muslim readers, we wish you a happy Ramadan and hope that you continue to drive safely.

1 comment:

Derif Loite said...

Incredible post.

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