How to avoid that ‘hangry’ Ramadan drive

04/15/2021 - 3 minute read

Driving during Ramadan between sunrise and sunset hours when many are fasting can be quite the struggle. Psychological factors of wanting to rush to a meal need to be factored in while on the road, along with slower reaction time and mildly impaired spatial perception – which are both key to safe driving.

Awareness of our limitations and those of others is another good life lesson that applies to driving, which is winning half the battle.

Here’s what you need to know about staying safe while driving during Ramadan in the UAE:

Rules, rules, they’re good for your heart 🧡

Think about the driving lessons you took, the books you read, what your dad has taught you, and follow e-ve-ry rule. Don’t deviate, don’t rush at a traffic light - wouldn't you rather spend that fine money on Eid gifts? Look left and right, check your blind spot, stay within the speed limit, and maintain lane discipline. Stay off your phone and keep your hands on the steering wheel. 

The rule of thumb is being able to see the wheels of the vehicle in front of you at all times. Distance protects you, so let's maintain social distancing, even on the road.

Keep your car tuned 🚙

Yup, there’s definitely a pot of gold blocking the crank here. During Ramadan, even more so than other times of the year, ensure that your car is perfectly maintained. Make sure that your air-conditioning is in top-notch condition, that your battery is charged, and that your headlights, taillights, and indicators are working and your windows are clean. A lot of dealerships offer Ramadan promotions during this time of year, so use them and gift yourself some peace of mind.

A Sleeping Beauty isn’t so nice behind the wheel 😴

Stop, take a deep breath, take five minutes to yourself if you feel tired or drowsy while driving during Ramadan. Switching mental gears mid-task is one way of refreshing your internal systems before you head back on the road. 

It's also important that you never skip Suhoor, no matter how sleepy you are, to help you stay alert behind the wheel. Having a healthy and balanced meal before sunrise will give you an energy boost that should last you throughout the day. You can also keep a few dates by your bedside as a quick and easy Suhoor if you want to avoid getting up and making a full-fledged meal.

Don’t rush home 💨

If you’re fasting, don’t rush home when you hear the call for evening prayer. Instead, stop and break your fast with a cup of water and a couple of dates before resuming the journey. It will give you the energy boost to make it home safely. But don’t stop on the hard shoulder of the highway! Seek a safe parking place to stop.

If you must make it home before Iftar, try to leave on time (taking into account traffic delays). If that is not possible, stay alert to your own impatience - we know you want to drink and eat! Concentration tends to drop to the minimum just before Iftar, resulting in more frequent accidents. Don’t be the guy that gets into one!

The last resort, don’t drive 🛑

Call an Uber, a friend, or consider using the Dubai metro if you’re too tired to drive. You can return the favor another day and enjoy your journey. Plus, this is also good for your Beema Pay-per-kilometer cashback payout at the end of your policy.

Ramadan Kareem from the Beema family to yours. ✨

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