Driving during Ramadan Requires Caution
By Engr. Iqbal A. Khan
Ramadan is a very special time of year.
It is a time for exchanging good will. People are frequently on the road enrooted to
the homes of family and friends. This time also brings special challenges for the
Less hours of sleep combined with
evenings full of social obligations, and erratic meal times, affects a drivers
ability to remain alert and focused. Fatigue dulls a drivers concentration and
slows his reaction time. That means extreme caution is required during Ramadan.
To ensure your
safety and the safety of your passengers during Ramadan, beware of your own fatigue, watch
out for other fatigued drivers, and follow these basic precautions:
- Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep, accumulated
over several days, will affect your ability to concentrate, focus, and make decision. This
ultimately affects your ability to react safely to a dangerous driving situation. Plan
your schedule in Ramadan to sleep well, exercise regularly, and eat your meals at a
- Buckle up. Always wear your seat belt and
insist that all your passengers wear theirs as well. Secure all children in the back seat
in size-appropriate safety seats before you drive.
- See and be seen. Before you head out on the
road at night, ensure that your headlights, taillights, and signal lights are clean and
working properly. Clean your windows to remove road film and dust that could impair your
ability to see clearly.
- 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 the other drivers actions.
- Slow down. Do not speed; obey the posted speed
limits. Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination on schedule.
Always adjust your speed to the road and weather conditions.
- Make use of alternate transportation services.
If you are feeling fatigued, use taxis or buses or even join a car pool. These other
transportation services are readily available and easily accessible. Make use of them as
often as you can.
Always remain alert and concentrate on your
defensive driving techniques throughout the month of Ramadan.
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