The Holy month of Ramadan is upon us and it is an important time here in the UAE, which is predominantly Muslim. It is a time for sober reflections, piety and of course, fasting. However, fasting has a number of side effects which could result in unsafe conditions on the road during Ramadan. According to the several reports, the Holy month is associated with increased number of road accidents and fatalities, and here are the reasons why:
- Road fatigue during Iftar traffic rush: there is usually a lot of traffic at this time and drivers are usually tired and fatigued while rushing around for their iftar appointments, and this can cause their attentions to falter.
- Fasting: fasting results in dehydration or low blood sugar which can cause driver attention and concentration to be low, resulting in poor road decisions.
- Personal body fatigue: the irregular sleep patterns and eating habits that result during the Ramadan month can result in dizziness on the part of even experienced drivers.
What do you do?
- Drive defensively: you have to assume that all other drivers may be fatigued or have their abilities affected.
- Try and avoid the pre-Iftar traffic rush.
- Do not fast beyond your capacity; be aware of your limits.
- Get enough sleep and enough food when you can.
- Ensure your vehicle is in top condition before the month begins so you would have no reason to be exasperated during your fasting.
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In support of the new laws in the UAE, Dial-A-Battery, initiated an edutaining program ‘Hop in and buckle-up’ supported by RTA in some of the leading schools in Dubai like Kings’ School, Regent International School and Dubai British School. The main reason behind educating kids was to ensure that the next generation is responsible and owing to the safety habits inculcated in them in their early years.
At present only those in the front seats of a vehicle are required to buckle up. However, under the new laws drivers will be fined Dhs.400 and receive four black points on their license for failing to ensure that both driver and passengers are buckled up. This will keep UAE traffic laws in line with many other developed countries where all passengers in a vehicle are required to wear seat belts. A road safety consultant at the Transport Research Authority has remarked that there is a 40 to 60 percent chance of surviving a car crash if all passengers wore seat belts.
Mr. Asad Badami, Managing Director of Dial-A-Battery, said, “Wearing a seatbelt doesn’t cost you anything, but not wearing one can cost your life.”
“As an organization operating in the automobile sector, we feel responsible towards creating awareness about road safety amongst children, drivers, parents, and people at large. As a part of the community we support the measures undertaken by the traffic department to make seatbelts compulsory for all passengers,” Asad added.
Hop in and Buckle up is a part of an ongoing initiative by Dial-A-Battery that coincides with the new laws in the UAE which makes wearing seat belts compulsory for both drivers and passengers both in the front and at the back. Moreover, RTA has been continuously keeping safety first in all their road transport activities and decisions, be it dedicated school bus laws, consistent creation of footbridges, better driver training and awareness campaigns.
Captain Volt is the star of the show as children learn to change batteries and tires
Guests and parents were pleasantly surprised when both Dial-A-Battery and Dial-A-Tire caught the attention of children at the Al Jalila Cultural center for children Spring camp parking lot by offering young campers the rare experience of learning to change both tires and batteries.
“Different learning experiences like this don’t come very often” said Mr. Ahmed, Senior Technician at Dial-A-Battery. “Learning to change a tire and a battery at an early age is both valuable and enjoyable. These are practical skills that come in handy as adults so we are delighted to educate them early in life. It is our way of contributing to the community we live in. The presence of our mascot Mr. Volt also added to the excitement,” he added.
Al Jalila Cultural center for children was established with the mandate to nurture children to be the leaders of tomorrow by offering them a rich cultural environment. It covers a wide range of cultural and creative programmes based on hands-on participation. It uses cultural experiences to help children understand their true identity and integrate better with the world around them.
The Centre fosters creativity, curiosity, integration and aspiration, amongst other values. In particular it gives Emirati children the opportunity to understand and appreciate their authentic cultural heritage as they prepare to make their mark in the world.
Mrs. Ayesha Juma, Programs Director at Al Jalila Cultural center for children added “It was a sheer delight and pleasure to see Dial-A-Battery participate in our Spring Camp. They brought with them a new dimension of learning which the kids found very useful. We believe it was not only a new experience but a creative one as well.”
The 2-hour presentation was split into 20-minutes sessions where batches of 10-15 children gathered around the vans to learn about safe and efficient battery and tire changing methods. Dial-A-Battery also offered giveaways at the end of the demonstration. The event was promoted by a tactical social media campaign with the backing of radio media partner, Pearl FM.
The iconic Captain Volt shares his super-expert advice.
It happens to the best of us. You’re dashing off to work or an appointment… you turn the ignition key on and well, your car won’t start. Frustration immediately kicks in. You’ve guessed right – your vehicle has a flat battery!
When your battery fails your vehicle won’t start, sometimes leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. So why take chances? Call Dial-A-Battery for a free battery testing service for cars, SUVs or light trucks. One of our professional technicians will give your battery a proper health check and advice on repairs or a replacement, so there is no downtime and you are back on the road without delay.
The ever-alert Captain Volt was quick to advise “Why take chances with your battery when you can have it tested with us. The thing to remember is that automotive batteries contain toxic chemicals, so you need to treat them responsibly by having regular checks and then return them to an authorized dealer when you buy a new one.”
“It is vital that you keep the battery clamped tightly to the tray using the clamping arrangement provided. This prevents it from vibration, jumping or jiggling. A loose battery will spill acid, damage plates and other active parts inside. Also ensure to not fit an oversized battery on the tray in a tilted manner as it can lead to acid spills,” Captain Volt added.
As experts in the business, Dial-A-Battery believes it is better to be safe than sorry and offers its advice freely. For example, not storing batteries in hot places and refraining from removing the heat shield as it protects and improves the life of the battery. Batteries should be treated with utmost precaution and the use of protective gloves and safety glasses when handling are highly recommended. Dial-A-Battery has more valuable tips to offer in the interest of both the driver and the vehicle. For example, it is recommended that you use only white petroleum jelly or Vaseline to protect your battery terminals from corrosion. Motorists are advised to never apply grease on battery terminals as they can catch fire in the case of a loose connection or sparking.
Mr. Sajid, Senior Technician at Dial-A-Battery had more tips to offer “My job is to help vehicles live longer, just like a doctor cares for his patients. So you won’t be saving money by fixing a lower Capacity (Ah) battery even if it fits your battery tray size. This is a common mistake and can lead to premature failure of the battery.”
“I also tell my customers to keep an eye on the Magic Eye. The “White Magic Eye” means your battery needs to be revived by re-charging. In cases where the battery has “Red Magic Eye” the motorist needs to replace the battery immediately,” Technician Sajid continued.
In keeping with its commitment to the automobile industry in the Emirates, Dial-A-Battery is happy to share more useful advice. Motorists can call 800 24 7 365 to speak to a technician or use the friendly online chat service.
Dial-A-Battery is the one source solution for batteries. All diagnostics are conducted on-site thus saving motorists all the trouble of having their vehicle towed or taken to workshops. The company stocks large range of SOLITE, Bosch & AC DELCO batteries and is equipped with state-of-the-art computerized systems that save the motorist valuable time and money.
How important do you think your tyres are? They are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety and you shouldn’t neglect them. Statistics have shown that tyre failure is certainly the cause of many traffic accidents and road deaths in the UAE. But many of these crashes could be avoided if the following tips are implemented.
Safety Tips for Your Tyres
- Always examine your tyres regularly to know its condition.
- Remove stones or any other object embedded in the tread.
- Contact a tyre specialist in the case of lumps or bulges.
- Check the tyre pressure on a regular basis and not before a long trip.
- Always keep your tyres at the required pressure which is stated in your car owner’s manual.
- Correct pressures are needed for maximum safety, grip and good tyre life.
- Ensure your wheel alignment is in good shape as it can cause your tyres to wear easily.
- Always have the wheel alignment checked when installing new tyres.
- Do not mix tyres of different types on the same axle except in the case of temporary use of spare tyres.
Before setting off on a car trip, certify your vehicle is in excellent conditions. You can do this by checking the overall conditions of your tyres. And to know the depths of your tyre treads, you can do the penny test for your car before commencing on a journey.
It is not abnormal for the overall performance of your tyre to reduce over a period of time. Worn-out tyres will surely slow down the performance of your car. Sparing some time to know the condition of your tyres will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe. Good luck!