Safety devices are very important in our everyday life. Many accidents happen every single day and using safety restraints properly, have saved many lives. It is essential to recognize not only the importance of wearing seat belts but also the importance of the proper use of one.
According to statistics published by the Road Safety organizations here in the UAE, many fatalities on our roads were due to unbuckled vehicle occupants. Thankfully, many more lives were saved in vehicle accidents, because they were using a seat belt restraint device.
In their research, The Institute of Public Health at the UAE University in Al Ain, stated that only about 10% of vehicle occupants wear seat belts when in the car. In 2014 alone, 67,483 such violations were recorded according to UAE Traffic Police in their annual report.
These figures, more than doubled in the first half of 2015, as the number of seat belt violations went up to an astounding figure of 158,406. This data was based on the fines issued to the individuals that violated the UAE Vehicle Safety rules.
Serious automobile accidents result in a fatality or serious bodily harm. Wearing a seat belt prevents passenger ejection during a severe accident. The chances of surviving, inevitably increases by 45% when wearing a proper safety restraint device.
To reinforce this, the UAE has placed new laws which will drastically reduce road fatalities because it’s now one person, one seat belt. Seat belts save lives.
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.
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!