Thursday, September 04, 2014

Distracted Driving Call-in September 3rd

We asked the very simple question, is bad driving in Dubai because drivers are too distracted?

Here is the podcast.



Here are some of the SMS messages.


Bring on the driverless cars! Kamal

I think it is not one or the other. Its a mixture of ego driven driver, lack of driving-behavior/education. In fact the automobile industry is taken a lot of responsibilities away & people are losing their senses. Saher.

The biggest distraction for me is when a presenter on radio asks thoughtful questions that get me thinking while driving :) %0AAshraf

Road safety issues in the UAE can't be tackled by mirroring and comparing it to other countries  driving techniques and solutions. Its a cosmopolitan countrey, were everyone is raised on diffrent driving habits. It's such a unique place. Zaid

is gps any worse than a map? Simon

When in Dubai, Drive as the Dubai ites Do.
RECKLESSLY.
SUNIL.

James, to answer your question on the differences,
1. Telephone involves emotions, strategy etc.
2. Telephone does not aid in driving
3. Texting requires longer to move your eye from driving and can go on all the time.

While GPS and other gadgets are a distraction, they also aid in driving and they are under the driver's control unlike the telephone. 
I think poor driver attitude is the main contributer and strict enforcement and punitive action  is required.
-Dr.Jamil



Here are the show notes.



Top 10 distractions for UAE drivers:


1. Behaviour of other drivers (59%)


2. Passengers speaking to you (44%)


3. Changing the radio (40%)


4. Adjusting the air conditioning (34%)


5. Poorly behaved children (34%)


6. Complex road systems (33%)


7. Road signs (32%)


8. Using a mobile phone (30%)


9. Reading maps/sat nav (25%)


10. Reaching for objects in the car (25%)

In a survey of 1,007 UAE drivers, 34% of respondents said that their concentration levels dip while driving. This is particularly true of young motorists (those aged 18 to 24), of whom 43% feel that their attention is not always directed on driving.


Nearly half of respondents (47%) believe that there is a clear link between losing concentration while driving and being involved in a collision. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds at 100km/h means that you are effectively driving blind for 55 meters.


People’s own behaviour plays a significant role in them losing focus on the road.


Despite it being illegal in the UAE, nearly a third (30%) of motorists admit to using their
phones and reading texts while driving. Speaking with passengers (44%), changing
the radio station (40%), and adjusting the air conditioning (34%) are other major reasons
why drivers lose concentration. The stunning skyline of the UAE is also enough
for 8% of drivers to become distracted.


Yet it is events outside of the car that disrupt concentration most, with 59% of respondents citing


the behaviour of other drivers as the single biggest distraction on UAE roads. This is a particular distraction for those aged over 40 (71%) and for Western drivers (78%).


Commenting on the research, Brian Reilly, CEO of Zurich Insurance Middle East, said: “Becoming distracted while driving is a leading cause of accidents on UAE roads. The one in three drivers who fail to focus their full attention on the road are at risk of injuring themselves, their passengers and other motorists. People are limited in the amount of information they can process at any one time


Top 10 distractions for UAE drivers:


1. Behaviour of other drivers (59%)


2. Passengers speaking to you (44%)


3. Changing the radio (40%)


4. Adjusting the air conditioning (34%)


5. Poorly behaved children (34%)


6. Complex road systems (33%)


7. Road signs (32%)


8. Using a mobile phone (30%)


9. Reading maps/sat nav (25%)


10. Reaching for objects in the car (25%)


so the prevalent use of mobile phones by drivers, which requires eyes to be taken off the road and hands to be removed from the wheel, is troubling. Zurich would encourage every car user in the


UAE to stow their mobile phone away before setting off on a trip to ensure that concentration is fully directed on the road and other cars.”


In 2014, Zurich partnered with RoadSafetyUAE.com to increase public awareness of the causes of poor driving and to encourage a culture of responsibility and safe practice among UAE-based motorists.

Thomas Edelman, founder of RoadSafetyUAE.com, added: “Raising awareness of driving
distractions is important to improve the level of road safety in the UAE, and hence we are very
excited to work with Zurich on this important initiative. Driving distractions play a role in motorists swerving lanes, driving too close to the vehicle in front, misjudging traffic situations and other leading causes of road accidents. It is important for motorists to be consciously aware of the many sources of distraction. Motorists must actively reflect on the distractions that they are most prone to succumb to and then actively combat those distractions. At the same time, we must also be aware of other potentially distracted traffic participants.”


According to the research, drivers favour a range of methods to stay focused on the roads, including listening to the radio (33%) and caffeinated drinks (17%), while speed cameras (29%) and police presence (21%) also aid concentration. The single biggest factor in being able to concentrate, however, was being alone while driving (51%).


Top 5 tips to keep focused while driving in the UAE


1. Put your mobile phone away


2. Don’t drive while you are tired


3. Take regular breaks on longer trips


4. Ask passengers to respect your role as driver

5. Do not trust other drivers – always expect the worst

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