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    What’s behind road deaths?

    Road accident fatalities in 2013 stood at 651. Mathematically speaking, a little less than two lives were lost every day. While this number is lesser than the 720 deaths in 2011, it is by no means acceptable.

    Pick up any newspaper over the past two months and you will find one thing in common: deaths due to road accidents. To take small sample size, Khaleej Times alone carried news reports of at least 10 people dying in road accidents from last Monday till today.

    Road accident fatalities in 2013 stood at 651. Mathematically speaking, a little less than two lives were lost every day. While this number is lesser than the 720 deaths in 2011, it is by no means acceptable.

    Most accidents in the UAE are caused by driving above the speed limit and jumping red lights. Entering busy lanes without making sure they are clear, sudden swerving, and failure to maintain safe distance between vehicles are other significant contributors to the tally.

    What’s the reason behind the UAE having one of the highest traffic related death rates in the world? Have drivers become careless? Are they stressed? Is the speed limit too much to handle? Are car companies manufacturing substandard vehicles?

    According to a study carried out by a car tyre manufacturing company in the US a few months back, most high-speed car accidents take place when the driver suddenly spots something in front of him. This causes him to steer abruptly. Bumper to bumper accidents and head-on collisions are rare. Reason No. 2: burst tyres due to high speed. Reason No. 3: distractions in the cabin, such as phone calls. Reason No. 4: driver fatigue.

    Since the UAE has relatively high speed limits, the findings may hold true here too. Moreover, chances of accidents due to mechanical failure grow manifold in warmer temperatures. Metal becomes more pliable. Rubber tyres expand more, leading to thinner walls more vulnerable to damage. Oil becomes less viscous at higher temperatures, putting extra load on clutch and brake pedals.

    One solution is setting speed-limiting devices on each vehicle on the basis of its condition and road-worthiness. This will ensure a mini-bus driver doesn’t drive at 120kmph alongside a Ferrari on a highway.

    It is also important to put in place a system to check the physical fitness of drivers of heavy vehicles, public buses and taxis. Airline pilots regularly undergo a series of tests to check for lack of sleep, and presence of alcohol and other banned substances in their bloodstream.

    Tip for family vehicles: the co-passenger on the front seat needs to be as attentive as the driver. Kids should sit at the back. With seatbelts on.

    Views expressed in Opinion columns and articles are those of our contributors and columnists. ?

    (Khaleej Times)

     
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