Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 21, 2017
Ramadan – Claims / Accidents Analysis & Road Safety Tips

● 2016 Ramadan Claims / Accidents data used for analysis (1,845 claims)
● Older motorists and male motorists must take extra caution during Ramadan
● Claims / Accidents peak in the mid-morning rush-hours
● 5 important Ramadan road safety ‘Tips & Tricks’

Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to us, which creates a lot of traffic! This festive period poses unique challenges for all kind of traffic participants.

The Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on our body - especially when coinciding with the hot summer season like this year. Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can limit our attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience and distraction.

RoadSafetyUAE, QIC Insured and Gargash Insurance Brokers teamed up to analyze the 2016 Ramadan claims data of 1,845 reported accidents/claims to draw learnings for this year’s Ramadan.

Frederik Bisbjerg, QIC Insured Executive Vice President, MENA Retail states: “Based on this survey, we want to flag these 3 main findings:

  • Especially older motorists (40+) must take extra caution
  • Mind the morning rush-hours
  • Male motorists need to pay extra attention towards their driving attitude!”

Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE comments: “It is of utmost importance to know how the Ramadan lifestyle can affect our own behavior, as well as the behavior of other traffic participants! We want to provide UAE’s motorists with 5 vital ‘Tips & Tricks’:

  • Be aware of your own limitations!
  • Watch out for other traffic participants potentially under the same limitations.
  • Expect the unexpected – we all MUST drive defensively!
  • Plan your schedule properly and leave early to avoid the need of rushing and speeding.
  • Always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to start this habit!”

Mustafa Oliyath Vazayil, Managing Director, Gargash Insurance Brokers advises: “Motorists must realize, that even if they arrive late for a Ramadan event, people will understand. Good time management is crucial and motorists are urged to leave early enough and allow for a time buffer to reach their destination on time. We need to display a caring attitude for ourselves and for others in this very special period!”

The main findings of the survey are:

Accidents by time of the day: As many of us start their working days later, we see the majority of claims / accidents happening in the late-morning office rush hours.

Accidents by Ramadan weeks and week days: The claims / accidents are very evenly spread over the 4 weeks of Ramadan, with values of 23-24% for each week. The most dangerous weekdays are Wednesdays and least dangerous are Sundays.

Accident timings

Claims

Weekday

Average claims / weekday

between midnight - 8am

2.9%

Wednesday

3.9%

8am - 9am

6.7%

Saturday

3.8%

9am-10am

16.1%

Thursday

3.7%

10am-11am

14.6%

Friday

3.4%

11am-12pm

14.9%

Monday

3.3%

12pm-13pm

11.4%

Tuesday

3.2%

13pm-14pm

11.6%

Sunday

2.7%

14pm-15pm

8.5%

16pm-midnight

6.1%

no time capture

7.2%

Socio demographic data: Older traffic participants (40+) are over-proportionally more involved in traffic accidents than younger motorists. Males are significantly more accident prone than females.

Nationality

Claim %

Age Range

Claim %

Gender

Claim %

Indian

39%

18 - 24

8%

Female

18%

Pakistani

15%

25-30

18%

Male

82%

Emirati

11%

30-35

23%

Egyptian

7%

35-40

20%

Jordanian

4%

40+

31%

Others

25%

The complete list of Ramadan related ‘Tips & Tricks’ can be found on http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/ramadan/.

About RoadSafetyUAE:

RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award-winning platform engages with the stakeholders traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and more than 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) minded partners. ‘Tips & Tricks’ are the content backbone, provided for more than 60 topics of road safety, all specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on www.RoadSafetyUAE.com

In addition to QIC Insured, RoadSafetyUAE partners with RTA, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Health Authority, BMW, Michelin, Audi, Nissan, Infiniti, Al-Futtaim Honda, Volvo, Al-Futtaim Volvo, Galadari Brothers - Mazda, MAN Trucks, STS, Gargash Insurance Brokers, PepsiCo, Johnson&Johnson, MMI, Pernod Ricard, Serco, MiXTelematics, JustKidding, Osram, AMEC Foster Wheeler, OMD, NSG and VOX Cinemas.

About QIC Insured (Qatar Insurance Company)

Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is a publicly listed composite insurer with a consistent performance history of over 50 years and a global underwriting footprint. Founded in 1964, QIC was the first domestic insurance company in the State of Qatar. Today, QIC is the market leader in Qatar and a dominant insurer in the GCC and MENA region. QIC is one of the highest rated insurers in the Gulf region with a rating of A/Stable from Standard & Poor’s and A(Excellent) from A.M. Best. In terms of profitability and market capitalization, QIC is also the largest insurance company in the MENA region. It is listed on the Qatar Exchange and has a market capitalization of over USD 4 billion.

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