Causes and Prevention of Accidents in the UAE

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According to the UN-WHO, road accidents are the second leading cause of fatalities in the United Arab Emirates, and this rate is rising quickly every year. According to a WHO study on UAE road accidents, 63% of children’s fatalities were related to traffic incidents. Although the UAE possesses contemporary, cutting-edge roads and traffic infrastructure, there are numerous additional elements that contribute to the steadily rising number of traffic accidents.

Daily car accidents have the potential to drastically alter someone’s life. Accidents happen without warning and can occasionally be fatal. Unexpected, innocent people are killed in car accidents every day. It’s crucial to remember that anything might result in an vehicle accident.

Let’s talk about various reasons for accidents in the UAE and how to prevent them.

Rash Driving

According to some reports, traffic accidents now claim more lives than any other disease. There are several road accidents that happen as a result of car mechanical issues. However, the majority of the time, the drivers of these cars are to blame. A person can make a mistake when turning or crossing the street, which can lead to a minor or severe mishap of some sort. These occurrences are rare. Accidents are most frequently caused by rash driving on the part of one or both of the drivers of the colliding cars. Sometimes rash driving won’t result in a collision.

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Driving While it Rains

Driving in slick circumstances should be enjoyable if you install tires made for rain, like all of our Uniroyal tires. The weather undoubtedly presents unique difficulties, but many of these can be minimized if you know how to drive in severe rain. Keep your speed under control and give the vehicle in front of you plenty of space—at least four seconds. Your stopping distances will be longer than they would be on dry roads, even if you are driving on rain tires. Let someone pass if they are following you closely in their vehicle. They should be in front of you rather than behind you. Turn on your headlights, but keep the beam lowered. Use your fog lights sparingly.

Running Red Lights

A violation has been committed if a vehicle enters an intersection after the signal light has gone red. Red light runners do not include drivers who unintentionally enter an intersection when the signal changes (for example, while waiting to turn left). Red light running can be deterred with the help of red-light cameras. The greatest way to ensure compliance with any legislation is through enforcement, yet it is impractical for police to station themselves at every intersection.

Junior Drivers

According to data, car accidents are the primary cause of fatalities. These accidents involving teenagers can be prevented through the implementation of proven methods to improve their road safety. Teenagers aged between 16 and 19 are at the highest risk of being involved in a crash. The fatal crash rate for this demographic is approximately three times higher than it is for drivers who are 20 years or older, based on the number of miles traveled.

In 2020, the death rate from motor vehicle crashes was three times higher for male drivers aged 16 to 19 compared to female drivers in the same age group. Additionally, teenage drivers who drive without adult supervision are at a higher risk of getting into an accident, particularly when they have teen or young adult passengers. The risk of a crash increases with each additional teen or young adult passenger in the vehicle.

The risk of being involved in a collision is highest during the early stages of a teenager’s licensure period. According to data, the crash rate per mile driven is nearly 50% higher for drivers under the age of 16 than it is for drivers between 18 and 19 years of age.

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Speedy Driving

A phenomenon known as over speed occurs when an engine is permitted or compelled to turn faster than it was intended to. The effects of operating an engine too quickly vary depending on the kind and model of the engine and are influenced by a number of variables, the most significant of which are the length of the over speed and the speed reached. High speed limits your ability to react quickly when it counts. People require time to take in new information, consider their options for responding, and then carry out a response. High-speed results in a longer distance traveled during this time. High speeds can result in a lengthier time between using the brakes and coming to a complete stop. The square of the speed determines the braking distance. Therefore, as speed increases, the chance of avoiding a collision decreases.

Driver Under the Influence

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI) are considered criminal offenses in all states. These violations refer to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances. The terms DUI and DWI are often used interchangeably in states that only prosecute one of the charges. However, in states that prosecute both, DUI charges typically relate to instances of alcohol intoxication, while DWI charges refer to instances of intoxication caused by drugs. Additionally, some jurisdictions prohibit driving while inebriated throughout the entire state, while others only prohibit it on public roads and in public places.

Driving After Dark

Make sure your vehicle is in good operating order so that you can see other cars and they can see you because nighttime driving has less light than daytime driving. Over time, it’s easy to forget to check your headlights and brake lights, so give your car a periodic once-over to search for burned-out bulbs or cracked taillights. You should also maintain your mirror set and wiper fluid full. It is advised to refurbish or replace older headlights that have turned yellow with age because the reduced clarity reduces the quantity of light your headlights emit. Additionally, while maintaining a clean windshield is the obvious sense, don’t forget to keep an eye on the interior, which can accumulate a thin coating of filth over time that reduces visibility and produces glare.

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