Driving in Dubai 'hasn't improved'

Have roads in Dubai gotten worse for drivers?

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Roads in Dubai may have improved recently but that doesn’t mean they’re any safer, according to a new study.

Apparently 68 percent of UAE motorists believe the infrastructure has improved, however 58 percent of those surveyed said they thought the roads were more dangerous than six months ago.

How so? According to the research commissioned by insurance company Zurich and RoadSafetyUAE.com, speeding, tailgating, distracted driving and commute times have all increased.

At least Abu Dhabi has found some positive in all though as that is the city where drivers reports the biggest increase in enjoyment of being behind the wheel.

In the first ongoing bi-annual study of its kind in the country, conducted by YouGov, more than 1,000 United Arab Emirates residents spoke about their experience with safety, collisions, traffic, fines and enjoyment.

It’s hoped the initiative will help support UAE Vision 202, which plans to launch the United Arab Emirates into the planet’s top five safest places to drive.

Only 12 percent though the road infrastructure had improved in half a year and just 26 percent felt they were safer.

Sharjah residents reported a high figure when it came to feel driving had become more risky – a whopping 61 percent we’re impressed.

A perhaps surprising 65 percent said they noticed there was actually more speeding over the last studied time period, and the same proportion was reported with tailgating.

If you’ve ever felt there were distracted drivers on the road with you, then 75 percent of those answering questions agree.

One in five of the participants were involved in some sort of vehicle collision – males were more likely to have than females and mid-20 were the more likely age group. Additionally men were more likely than women to have received a speeding ticket or traffic violation fine, while mid-20s were the most likely transgressors.

Discussing traffic, 64 percent of people thought getting to and from work was taking longer than usual. However 17 percent noted they were lucky enough to get to the office quicker recently. Those suffering tended to be in Sharjah and Dubai, while Abu Dhabi had less time taken up.

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