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Study reveals details of UAE road accidents during Ramadan

A study of 1,651 accident claims registered with i-Insured during Ramadan in 2017 found that most accidents during the Holy Month occurred on Tuesdays

Data has been revealed about road accidents and claims during Ramadan in the UAE last year [representational image].
Data has been revealed about road accidents and claims during Ramadan in the UAE last year [representational image].

Tuesdays saw the most number of road accidents in the UAE during Ramadan 2017, a recent study has revealed.

RoadSafetyUAE, a portal focused on improving driving standards in the Emirates, analysed 1,651 road accidents and claims registered with insurance provider, i-Insured.

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Frederik Bisbjerg, executive vice president of retail at i-Insured, said the analysed data revealed that motorists over 40 years of age must "take extra caution" during the Holy Month, with all drivers encouraged to adopt a safer approach during rush hours. 

The review found that 16% of the claims made with i-Insured last year pertained to accidents that occurred between 10am and 11am. 

Claims and accidents were evenly spread over the month's four weeks, with Tuesdays (18%) reporting the highest incidence of claims, and Saturdays (10%) recording the lowest. 

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Drivers aged 40 or more were "over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than young motorists", RoadSafetyUAE said in a statement, adding that male drivers were "significantly more accident-prone" than their female counterparts.

Motorists aged 40+ were involved in 28% of the accident claims, while those aged 30-35 years claimed 27% of the incidents. 

Commenting on the findings, Thomas Edelmann, managing director of RoadSafetyUAE, said: "It is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our own behaviour, as well as that of other traffic participants. 

"Plan your schedule properly, and leave early to avoid the need to rush and speed. 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 added.

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