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Driving during Ramadan

Driving Tips

The Facts 

  • Available research shows that road collision rates increase across the Gulf States during Ramadan
  • Fasting means blood sugar levels will be low during late afternoon and evening. Low blood sugar levels and dehydration can cause loss of concentration, dizziness and headaches
  • Prayer times can disrupt sleep patterns. This can cause daytime drowsiness, poor concentration and reduced alertness
  • Research by our training partner, the Emirates Driving Institute, found that fasting affects spatial awareness as well as reaction times including the speed of braking and the speed of reading road signs
  • Tiredness has been found to increase impatience with other drivers; yawning and daydreaming can result in drivers missing road signs and junctions

The Advice

  • Adopt a different schedule to maximise night-time sleeping
  • Consider driving before/after peak times of the day
  • Make sure you keep a safe distance from the car in front in case of reduced reaction times
  • Consider travelling by public transport if appropriate and practical. If there is no alternative but to drive, ensure regular 15-20 minutes breaks are taken
  • Talk openly with your colleagues and managers as a team approach can provide you with support during your fasting period

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