You’ve probably noticed evening rush hour on Dubai’s roads starts earlier over Ramadan.
As office hours are shorter, with this rushing can come chaos, so Dubai Police have called on motorists to abide by traffic rules.
Traffic patrols have been stepped up during prayer times and officers are cracking down on law-breaking drivers.
Dubai’s top traffic cop has asked everyone to show patience and restraint with other drivers in the hours leading up to fast-breaking and to take care over where they park.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the General Directorate of Traffic in Dubai Police, said that the Dubai traffic department is “committed to providing convenience to road users in this Holy Month by regulating traffic and ensuring decongestion.”
Officers will also make sure the entry and exit points of mosques are kept moving, and hand out iftar meals to motorists, workers and needy people at sunset before Al-Maghrib prayer. So far 30,000 parcels have been dished out in a bid to cut accidents.
Campaign group Road Safety UAE has compiled a number of safety tips for driving at this time of year:
- Use public transport wherever possible
- Always ensure you and your passengers are wearing a seatbelt
- Remember safe driving distances, do not tailgate
- If you experience somebody driving aggressively, do not engage in competitive or reactionary behaviour
- Plan your journey ahead and allow extra time to get where you need to go
- Approach crossings and signals carefully – do not jump lights
- Be aware of your surroundings, anticipate movements of pedestrians and cyclists
- Make sure your headlights are switched on for dusk
- Accept that being late is sometimes an inevitability. People will understand, safety is the ultimate priority
- Make use of your indicators, you may be confident of your own driving abilities but you still need to make other motorists aware of your intentions on the road.
- Drive defensively, do not swerve or make sudden lane alterations unless confronted with immediate obstructive danger – always ensure you use your mirrors and check blind spots before moving.
- Be extra careful in the hours leading up to iftar and in morning rush hours.
- Do not drive if you are feeling tired. There are many MUCH safer alternatives.
Remember, you can report any traffic violation to police by calling 901 – just don’t pick up the phone while you’re driving.