In a quest to ensure the safety of drivers and everyone on the road this Ramadan, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) departments in some organizations develop special training programs for fasting motorists to manage daily exercise, sleep and weight management.
Included in the coverage of the program are the ideal diet for suhoor and iftar, the need to stay cool during summer, the proper use of safe routes and the avoidance of road rage and rush hours this holy month.
The Ramadan and summer driving training typically kick starts before Ramadan. Non-fasting motorists are also covered in the training so they can be cautious and be oriented towards the behavior of other drivers on the road.
With a combination of fasting and non-fasting motorists, the workload is distributed in such a way that difficult trips and long hauls are not assigned to fasting motorists.
Experts advise fitting all vehicles with a GPS tracking system that is monitored on a 24×7 basis for any harsh braking, speeding, route deviation, sudden acceleration or unauthorized stops. Motorists are also issued with a Stop Work Card which enables them to decline a trip if they are fatigued or have already completed their duty hours.
The following are just some of the ways on how drivers can stay safe on the roads during the season:
- If you feel exhausted or are not well, pull over at a safe location and get some rest until you feel better.
- As much as possible, avoid hitting the road to Fatoor time (Maghrib) as there will be heavy traffic with people rushing home for iftar.
- Be extra cautious when driving near Ramadan bazaars and mosques.
- Observe politeness on the road as other motorists might drive more aggressively.
- Ensure that the car’s AC is working properly.
- Do not speed.