The 37th GCC Traffic Week: Know Safety, not Accident
About GCC Traffic Week
GCC Traffic Week is held in March every year throughout the GCC. It highlights the importance of safe driving. During this week-long annual campaign, Traffic departments aim to reduce violations and remedy erratic driving by conducting various seminars, workshops and events to share their experience and best practices. The event embodies solidarity and cooperation between Gulf countries.
Here in Wakeel, we are keen to promote community awareness. Put these tips into practice to help prevent a reckless driving accident from happening.
Valuable Tips for drivers:
- The golden rule among drivers states: Everyone on the road is a beginner and I am the only skilled driver! Therefore, never assume others are as concerned about traffic safety as you. To drive cautiously, anticipate what the other drivers might do, and always be in charge of compliance with the traffic rules.
- Be alert on the road: “That X came out of nowhere,” is an excuse that has been said many times before. Most accidents happen because a driver wasn’t attentive to what is happening on the road. Driving is a task that requires full focus, never multi-task behind the wheel no matter how easy it looks.
- Change lanes swiftly: Overtaking cars must be on the left side, and be sure to use your indicators before turning. Don’t use the emergency lane to overtake the car if the other driver is not cooperating with you, drivers can face hefty fines for passing or using the shoulder as a traffic lane.
- Everybody hates being tailgated: So, make sure to leave a safety distance between you and the car in front of you. The rule of thumb is to maintain at least a three-second following distance (doubles at nighttime and in difficult weather conditions). If they suddenly stop or veer into another lane without notice, you’ll still have plenty of time to hit your brakes before getting into a wreck.
- Wildlife Crossings: Camels were involved in 97 percent of all traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia, according to a study by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Watch out when traveling in rural areas with high camel populations, because camels are not familiar with the rules of the road and will cross as they see fit.
- Stay wide awake: Before driving, check the side effects of medicines, especially those that can impair your ability to fully function as a driver. If your vision is blurry or you’re feeling drowsy, it is best to take a rest.
- Check maintenance regularly: Most highways are full with the scattered remains of tires and streaks of oil leakage. Before embarking on a long drive make sure your car is ready to avoid any sudden stalls or grievous accidents.
While not all accidents are escapable, having your seatbelt, airbag, and proper car insurance policy will act as a cushion to minimize the risk. We are dedicated to help you find and compare car insurance offers in Saudi Arabia that provides you with optimum protection.