Around the world, people are observing this year’s holy month of Ramadan (23 April – 23 May) in lockdown, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the usual communal gatherings will not take place, and travel is likely to be significantly reduced, some individuals will have to make limited trips during Ramadan, and potentially face increased road risks due to fasting, combined with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
10 Safe Travel Tips for Ramadan
- Observe local/ national restrictions relating to permitted travel purposes (i.e. travelling for work, to obtain medication, to help a vulnerable person, etc.)
- If you do have to travel, plan your journey in advance, taking hygiene and sanitation factors into account (what do you need to carry with you? e.g. hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
- Check your vehicle before setting off to help avoid a potential break down; is it safe and well-maintained?
- Be aware that fasting can contribute to fatigue; avoid driving if feeling tired
- Fasting also has the potential to increase feelings of impatience and irritability; remember to stay calm on the road and not take your frustration out on other drivers
- Concentration can be affected by fasting so avoid additional distractions such as mobile phones and interacting with GPS while driving
- Be aware of peak collision times – usually 10-11am during Ramadan
- Wear a seat belt. If you’re riding a two-wheeler, wear appropriate safety clothing and a helmet
- Obey traffic rules and remember that emptier roads do not make it safer or acceptable to drive at unsafe speeds
- Wash hands regularly while out of your home; and again when you return
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Have a happy and safe Ramadan