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During Ramadan, motorists are always advised to be extra careful as the month usually sees an increase in accidents. Ramadan is very special for Muslims as it is all about meditating and being close to your family and loved ones. This heightened sense of togetherness can literally be seen by the number of cars that ply on UAE’s roads. During this time, more cars drive around town, especially once the fast is broken.

Due to fasting, some of you might be prone to fatigue, distraction and decreased awareness. But these should not stop you from being with your family and friends during the Holy Month. These 15 tips will get you from point A to point B safely during Ramadan.

Be extra alert on the roads

– Look left, right and centre more than you should. Other motorists might turn without signalling or make sudden movements on the road.

Drive defensively

– Learn to expect [...]

One you be careful when your on the road at these timings.

Here are some statistics provided by Road Safety UAE.

 

The Holy Month of Ramadan is usually a challenging time to remain safe on the road, more especially when Ramadan falls during the summer months.

To ensure your safety and the safety of other road users during the Holy month, beware of your own fatigue, watch out for other fatigued drivers, and follow these basic precautions:

  1. 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 consistent time.
  2. 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.
  3. Drive defensively. Observe [...]

“Let them through. Next time, it could be you,” Road Transport Authority (RTA) recommends drivers in regard to emergency vehicles. It’s a striking phrase that teaches drivers the importance of yielding to ambulances, fire engines, police cars and other emergency vehicles.

“Let them through. Next time, it could be you.”

If you’re stopped at a red light with an emergency vehicle behind you that does not have a clear path to pass, you may already know to wait until your traffic light turns green to advance into the intersection and then safely pull over. Do not go through a red light to let an emergency vehicle pass. It’s dangerous to do so and may lead to an accident and another emergency.

But the act of letting an emergency vehicle pass can be easier said than done, especially with weather, traffic and today’s rampant digital distractions. To help drivers remember how to respond, the TowMyDrive Team [...]

Cars have become increasingly reliable. So reliable that it’s easy to forget they can break down and that emergencies can occur while driving. As a reminder, here are the 12 symptoms that mean it’s time to pull over:

1

Flashing lights

If you seeing flashing lights from an emergency vehicle or the police in your rearview mirror, you must pull over. This one’s well known, but make sure you actually do it!

2 Flames

If you see flames coming from any part of your car, pull over and get to a safe distance from your car. When flames come from your car, you may be inhaling dangerous fumes as well – all the more reason to pull over and get out.

3 Seeing smoke

If you see smoke coming from your car, pull over and turn off your engine. Many things can cause smoke and some of them can be serious. Where there’s smoke, fire [...]

Walking is a great way to get outside, stay active and reduce your carbon footprint. But walking near roads — especially with distracted drivers behind the wheel — calls for practicing safe habits. Follow these pedestrian tips to help stay safe the next time you take to the streets by foot.

 

Look before you step

You’ve been told this from the time you were able to walk. Always look left, right, and then left again before crossing. This is relevant to any pedestrian regardless of their age. Never step into the street without checking for cars.

Don’t assume cars will stop

Make eye contact with the driver to make sure that you are seen. One driver stopping in his or her lane to let you cross does not guarantee that all drivers in all lanes will stop. Before crossing the entire intersection ensure that every approaching driver has seen you and has come to [...]

As aggravating as it is to need a tow or roadside assistance service, the only thing more aggravating is knowing that you could have avoided the situation all together. That’s the case for most drivers who run out of gas while on the road. But let’s face it, some of us are daring individuals, risking our sanity to get to where we need to be without having to refill.

If you’ve ever watched Seinfeld, you know Cosmo Kramer is someone who’s willing to live on the edge, evidenced by his unwillingness to get gas while driving a rental car.

And while Kramer can get away with almost everything, most of us aren’t always so lucky. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do if you run out of gas. So for the thrill-seekers, the limit-testers and everyone else who may have just forgotten to check their gas level and find themselves on empty, here’s a [...]

The most important item for the trip home (besides your new bundle of joy) is a proper child safety seat or car seat. Every state requires parents to have one before leaving the hospital because it’s one of the best ways to protect your baby.

Even for a short trip, it’s never safe for one of you to hold your baby in your arms while the other drives. Your baby could be pulled from your arms and thrown against the dashboard by a quick stop.  Practice installing your car seat before your baby is even born.  Some of them can be tricky and the last thing you want is to be fussing with the car seat while holding your newborn out in the hospital parking lot!

There are two kinds of car seats for babies: infant-only seats (which are rear facing, and fit most infants comfortably) and convertible seats (which must face the back until the [...]

According to the Harvard Health Watch, the average person spends just over 100 minutes sitting in a car every single day. That means more than an hour and a half of sitting in an upright seated position with little to no mobility. Combine this with the stress accompanied by sitting in traffic, and you’ve got yourself a problem. So what can you do about it?

While you may not be able to leave the driver’s seat for a quick run, you can still work some movement into your in-car time. So the next time you’re commuting to work or on a long road trip, refer back to these simple yoga moves that’ll help you get through the long ride.

Car Cow Face Pose
While keeping one hand on the steering wheel, bring the opposite arm up overhead and bend it at the elbow. You can then attempt to either grab the back of your [...]

 

We’ve all seen it in the movies: steam pouring out a car’s engine while the driver frantically opens his the hood and stares in bewilderment at the smoke billowing out. While movies tend dramatize a lot of things, reality in this case isn’t too far off.

If your engine’s overheating, you may very well see steam coming from it. That or you may just see your engine temperature gauge creep dangerously into the “red zone.” Whatever the case, it’s important to know what to do if your engine overheats. If you happen to come across that situation, here’s what you should do:

Step 1 – If you see steam, pull over immediately

If you see any steam coming from your engine, then it’s surely overheating. The steam may not come out in plumes like it does in the movies, but if you see any traces of steam pull over [...]

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