DUBAI // Reckless driving during the pre-iftar dash is more a result of psychological urges than physical need.
That’s the view of Dr Annie Crookes, the psychology lecturer at Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus, who has been examining research into the effects of fasting on drivers.
While much of the impact is caused by the physical changes produced in the body by a lack of food and liquids, these are not a key factor just before sundown.
“I think the pre-iftar rush is more than physical or real in a biological or neurological sense; it’s psychological,” she said. “It’s people rushing and thinking, ‘It’s nearly here, if I make it home on time I can break the fast at the exact time’. So it’s that psychological craving that is literally driving you to get home.
“But that’s the time when people are using it as an excuse to drive very fast and swerve and all that. They say, ‘I need to get home quickly’. Well you do, but you should have set off earlier. It shouldn’t be used as an excuse.
“At the end of the day, reckless driving is due to reckless drivers, and Ramadan is perhaps an excuse for some people.”