Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tailgating is a growing concern, but overall UAE driving perceptions improve – UAE Road Safety Monitor

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, September 6th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

    RoadSafetyUAE and QIC Insured present the findings of the 3rd cycle of the ‘UAE Road Safety Monitor’, a unique perception study of UAE driving behaviour.
    Tailgating is on the rise.
    Positive perception trends of improved infrastructure, commute time and driving enjoyment.
    Perception of improved behaviour linked to dangerous driving, speeding, lane swerving and distracted driving.

The good news outweighs the bad news in the most recent update of the UAE Road Safety Monitor survey: Only tailgating is on the rise, contrasting positive perception trends linked to main killers on UAE’s roads, as well as to infrastructure improvement, driving enjoyment and commute time.

The 3rd cycle of the study was commissioned by QIC Insured (Qatar Insurance Company) and RoadSafetyUAE. It measures perception trends of UAE motorists for the last 6 respective months. This most recent cycle was conducted by YouGov in August 2016, and it is based on the views of a representative sample of more than 1,000 UAE residents.

“With the results of meanwhile 3 cycles of the UAE Road Safety Monitor (1HY 2015, 1HY 2016, 2HY 2016), we are now in the position to start identifying trends of the perceived behaviour of UAE motorists, and not only snap shots”, comments Thomas Edelmann, RoadSafetyUAE’s founder & managing director. “It is very important to track these trends, as they shall help all involved stakeholders in the public and private segments as one feedback tool for their various education, enforcement and infrastructure initiatives.”

Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President MENA Retail, QIC Insured, states: “It is indeed encouraging to see, that most of the dimensions develop in the right direction, which can be attributed to the many road safety initiatives in the UAE.  We are proud to be associated with this unique long term perception study, as it demonstrates the efforts of QIC Insured to actively support the creation of safer roads, in line with the ‘UAE Vision 2021.”

The highlights of this 3rd cycle:

A stable big majority (78%) state, that the road traffic infrastructure has improved vs. 6 months ago, leading to shorter commute times (63%) and higher driving enjoyment (53%).

The perception of dangerous driving is stable, with 55% of respondents stating the same.

The trends for distracted driving (75%), abrupt changing of lanes (66%) and speeding (65%), too have declined.

The only increasing trend we see is for tailgating: 69% of respondents observe more tailgating motorists within the last 6 months.

While the observed trends are mainly positive, the absolute % numbers are high, and further efforts in education, enforcement and infrastructure improvement are needed by all concerned stakeholders, public and private entities and the media.

To view the full table please click here.

The details of the UAE Road Safety Monitor can be found in the ‘featured’ section on: http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/statistics/. The study will be repeated every six months with the next scheduled release in mid Q1/2017.

About the ‘UAE Road Safety Monitor’:

The UAE Road Safety Monitor is a joint initiative between RoadSafetyUAE and Qatar Insured (Qatar Insurance Company) to generate data and increase public awareness for the causes of poor driving in order to encourage a safety-first motoring culture. In this 3rd cycle of August 2016, a representative sample of 1,033 residents living in all seven emirates of the UAE were surveyed online by YouGov.

About RoadSafetyUAE:

RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the all stake holders’ awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award winning platform engages with the stake holders traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and more than 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) aware partners. The content backbone are ‘tips&tricks’, provided for more than 50 topics of road safety, specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on www.RoadSafetyUAE.com.

In addition to QIC Insured, RoadSafetyUAE partners with RTA, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Health Authority, BMW, Michelin, Audi, Nissan, Infiniti, Al-Futtaim Honda, Volvo, Al-Futtaim Volvo, Galadari Brothers - Mazda, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Dodge, MAN Trucks, Gargash Insurance Brokers, PepsiCo, Johnson&Johnson, MMI, Pernod Ricard, Galadari Motor Driving Center, Serco, MiXTelematics, JustKidding, AMEC Foster Wheeler, OMD, NSG and VOX Cinemas.

About QIC Insured (Qatar Insurance Company)

Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is a publicly listed composite insurer with a consistent performance history of over 50 years and a global underwriting footprint. Founded in 1964, QIC was the first domestic insurance company in the State of Qatar. Today, QIC is the market leader in Qatar and a dominant insurer in the GCC and MENA region. QIC is one of the highest rated insurers in the Gulf region with a rating of A/Stable from Standard & Poor’s and A(Excellent) from A.M. Best. In terms of profitability and market capitalization, QIC is also the largest insurance company in the MENA region. It is listed on the Qatar Exchange and has a market capitalization of over USD 4 billion.

QIC Insured is the retail brand of QIC’s personal insurances and can be experienced at qic-insured.com

To view the full report and table please click here.


Thomas Edelmann

Founder and Managing Director, +971 50 55 19 216



Frederik Bisbjerg

Executive Vice President, MENA Retail, +971 50 62 95 187



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