During Ramadan, take proper steps to stay safe while driving
With diet and sleep patterns disrupted, new challenges arise when getting behind the wheel.
During Ramadan, your ability to concentrate and remain alert is compromised as your diet and sleep patterns are disrupted.
This can cause problems when driving. Here's a few tips to help you stay safe over the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Safe Driving Tips
- Set aside adequate time for sleep.
- Plan your Ramadan schedule to include consistent meals, exercise, and sleep times.
- Watch out for other drivers who may be driving while drowsy. If you come across unsafe drivers, let their vehicles get well ahead of yours and maintain a safe distance.
- Take a break. If you realize that you are tired, pull over to the side of the road, stop the car, and rest. Take a short nap, go for a walk, or stretch.
- Travel with a passenger. If possible, drive with a companion and alternate driving responsibilities.
- Consider what you eat and drink, and avoid eating heavy metals before driving. Choose high protein snacks over heavy foods. Coffee, tea, sugar, and other stimulants may provide a short-term boost, but do not ensure mental alertness.
Warning Signs for Drowsy Drivers
- Your eyes close or lose focus.
- You have trouble keeping your head up.
- You can't stop yawning.
- You drift between lanes, tailgate, or miss traffic signs and signals.
- You drift off the road or have a near miss.