Driving tips for your Fleet Drivers during Ramadan

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Driving tips for your Fleet Drivers during Ramadan

Traffic accident rates are known to increase significantly during Ramadan as many poor behaviours appear among drivers. Experts have explained that the human body may suffer from a temporary decrease in blood sugar levels and dehydration during fasting, sometimes resulting in people feeling unwell or dizzy, in addition to lower concentration levels. These factors seriously inhibit those attempting to drive cars.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is usually a challenging time to remain safe on the road. To ensure the safety of your drivers and the safety of your fleet during the Holy month, here are some tips that could help you guide your drivers into taking precautions on the road. 

  1. See and be seen: Before you start driving, ensure that your headlights, taillights, and signal lights are functioning properly. Clean your windows from any dust that could impair your ability to see clearly.
  2. Maintain a safe distance: Most accidents in Ramadan occur when motorists do not maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Motorists should sit in an upright position and stay active so they can better judge the distance between vehicles. It is advisable to pull over, take a 10 mins break and recollect yourself (wipe your face with wet wipes or a wet towel)
  3. Drive defensively: Observe all traffic signs, rules, and regulations. Most importantly, watch out for the other drivers on the road. Use your defensive driving techniques to avoid dangerous situations. Always try to anticipate other driver’s mistakes.
  4. Stay Serene: Whilst fasting, you might be more agitated than usual and might fall victim to road rage due to hunger or thirst. Fall back on your endorphins, find your calm centre, recite Quran verses and prayers, take deep breaths and remember Ramadan enjoins empathy towards others.
  5. Pull over if you feel sleepy: If you are experiencing any of these symptoms
    1. Yawning 
    2. Poor concentration 
    3. Tired eyes
    4. Restlessness 
    5. Drowsiness 
    6. Slow reactions 
    7. Oversteering
  6. Do not rush near iftar time: This is the most critical time to drive in on the road since most people would they themselves be rushing on the road to get to Iftar on time. 
  7. Break Fast on time: Do not try to power through until you reach your destination. Keep a few dates, water and light snacks 

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