Vacationers told to check tyre safety

The UAQ Police have urged residents of the emirate who travel long distances by land to their home countries in summer, to first check their vehicles for safety.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 29 Jun 2012, 8:56 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:31 PM

According to a senior official, the move is part of a series of campaigns to develop traffic awareness, of which the most recent has been tyre safety.

Lt-Col Saeed Obaid bin Aran, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department of the UAQ Police Directorate General, said long distance motorists are advised to replace the over-used parts of their vehicles with new ones to avoid unexpected malfunction.

“Land travellers may also check all systems of their vehicles, including the important fluids, such as the water and oils, apart from the front and back lights and spare parts.”

Lt-Col bin Aran said safe driving is a kind of etiquette, particularly with the increasing number of vehicles on the road. “All motorists need to abide by regulations, for example fastening safety belt, and proper seating of young children at the back, particularly on highways.”

“All motorists need to observe speed limit, not drive under stress and fatigue, and be ready for road surprises,” he added.

Motorists were also urged to avoid over speeding and not to drive at over 120Km/ph. “They should also be more cautious and make sure the road is clear before overtaking heavy trucks. Minimum space between vehicles should be maintained so as to ensure users’ safety.”

Recent statistics show that the emirate of Umm Al Quwain has seen 1,223 traffic accidents in the first five months of this year. “These resulted in seven deaths and three injured people.

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