Diabetes-related Diseases

Safe Driving in Ramadan

​In Holy Ramadan many behaviors appear among drivers, especially before Iftar “Breakfasting”. So, many of them use maximum speed to get home in time before Iftar “Breakfasting” and those who are fasting may suffer from a temporary low blood glucose levels and dehydration during fasting, which sometimes leads to feeling unwellness or drowsiness and dizziness, in addition to low levels of concentration, so all these factors call for more caution while driving and traveling during Ramadan.

To ensure safety of you and others during the Holy Month, be aware of fatigue and know stress and tiredness signs while driving:

  • Excessive yawning.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Eyestrain and feeling drowsiness.
  • Slow reflexes.

When you have any of the above symptoms while driving, you must stop immediately and take a break to renew your activity.
For safe driving in Ramadan, make sure to:

  • Getting some rest before driving, as inadequate sleep accumulated over several days affects the ability to concentrate, which affects the ability to make the right decision for dangerous driving situations.
  • Making a routine and regular consistent bedtime every day, doing regular exercise, and eating healthy meals at a fixed time.
  • Staying away from the roads at sunset, avoiding it, if possible, in order to prevent crowds at this time.
  • Avoiding peak hours to stay away from stress.
  • Using car headlights during dawn for clearer vision.
  • Before going out on the road at night, be sure that Headlights, taillights, and signal lights are clean and working properly.
  • Cleaning car windows to remove dust may weaken the ability to see clearly.
  • Adhering to all traffic signs, rules, and regulations, and be careful towards other drivers on the road.
  • Slowing down and complying with the permitted speed limits on the road.
  • Taking extra time to reach the destination on schedule.
  • Maintaining air conditioning in the car; to stay alert.
  • Using alternative transportation services when feeling tired (eg: taxis, buses, trains, etc.).

Safe driving for diabetics in Ramadan:

  • Avoid all unnecessary trips during Ramadan.
  • Avoid long trips, driving in the morning early, within two hours before sunset and in the bad weather.
  • Taking breaks on long trips (if you must drive long ones).
  • Always keep hypoglycemic medications in the car (even when you are fasting).
  • Not ignoring the warning signs of hypoglycemia (eg: hunger, sweating, feeling faint).
  • If you feel hypoglycemia, stop the car as soon as possible, turn off the engine, remove the keys and get out of the driver's seat, then eat some fast-acting carbohydrates (such as glucose tablets or candy), some longer-acting forms of carbohydrates, and do not start driving up to 45 minutes after your blood glucose returns to normal.

Last Update : 30 August 2023 03:12 PM
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