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Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency.

RTA urges road travellers to observe traffic safety rules

: Monday, August 04 - 2014 @ 13:56

Starting mid of last June, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) kicked off the annual road travel campaign aimed at educating land travellers of procedures and steps motorists have to take when travelling by road.

Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said, “The land travel campaign is part of awareness programs & campaigns staged by the Agency during summer including awareness programs targeting students in summer camps & public libraries as well as the Ramadan-specific awareness campaign.”

“The land travel campaign features the distribution of an educative booklet to travellers by road containing proper procedures and steps ought to be taken in order to ensure an easier trip and a smooth passage through the border posts, in addition to tips & guidance about land travel and the security & safety precautions for both the driver and the vehicle,” she continued.

“The campaign, which started mid of last June and continues till the end of August, includes the deployment of traffic awareness supervisors at key posts on the road, and the distribution of the Road Travellers Guide at the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, RTA Customer Service Centers, UAE outposts such as Al Ghuweifat Border Post, and main refueling stations on highways in collaboration with the Dubai Police. We were keen to make the booklet a key reference for every traveller in order to ease the travelling experience to various destinations with the least possible exhaustion and hassles. As such the booklet contains information about the Customs Clearance Book as well as its issuer and how to use it, the tourist certificate of the vehicle along with the formal procedures & steps of its processing, main things to do by the traveller in advance, tips about preparation of the vehicle, information about the road, international emergency number (112), health conditions that might be experienced by the driver or travellers, main equipment, materials and medicines that must be taken, first aid steps needed for coping with bruises or wounds, tips of the International Health Organization to travellers, and how to drive during changing or rainy weather conditions,” elaborated Maitha.

“The booklet also contains key information for drivers about tyres, vehicle faults, how to measure engine oil, familiarizing with the braking faults, the correct way of connecting a battery with another, detecting the engine overheating, electrical faults, and reading lighting indicators among other key information and guidance,” she continued.

Engineer Maitha recommended travellers by road to observe a healthy posture during driving in order to avoid fatigue and pains triggering distraction and lack of concentration, applying the safety belt before moving, preventing passengers from boarding or alighting from the left side at the back of the driver, observing the traffic guidance on road, paying attention to directional signage, using light signals at the time of overtaking or parking at the roadside, ensuring that signals are functioning properly, using interior and side mirror at the time of overtaking, paying extra caution when negotiating a curve or travelling on an unpaved road, and complying with the speed limits.

She also urged motorists to take decent rest during travel, preferably every 200 – 250 km, refrain from driving when feeling exhausted, avoid driving at night without switching on lights particularly during sunrise and sunset, ensure that the signaling system is always functioning properly, inspect tyres and test air pressure regularly, avoid excessive loads, and forbid children from sitting near doors or in the front seat beside the driver.

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Monday, August 4- 2014 @ 13:56 UAE local time (GMT+4) Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Mediaquest FZ LLC.

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