Driving Safely in Qatar How to increase your safety on the roads and in the roundabouts. Driving in Qatar According to the U.S. State Department: Traffic accidents are Qatar’s leading cause of death.
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How to increase your safety on the roads and in the roundabouts.
According to the U.S. State Department:
What is aggressive driving?
Aggressive driving includes:
You will see examples of this everyday while driving around Qatar.
Aggressive driving can lead to “Road Rage”.
Road rage is a term used to refer to violent behavior by a driver of an automobile, which thus causes accidents or incidents on roadways
Road Rage can include:
Stopping a vehicle at the side of the road, and getting out of it to threaten, frighten, attack, fight or hurt another motorist or passenger, or a pedestrian, cyclist, or other person.
Verbal provocations, such as yelling, cursing, excessive horn honking, rude or obscene gestures and threats.
Driving actions, such as cutting off another vehicle, extremely close tailgating, blocking another vehicle from using a traffic lane, pursuing or chasing another vehicle, or running it off the road, deliberate ramming or bumping of another vehicle.
Don’t think that it is your ABSOLUTE right to have the “right of way”. Be prepared to give up the right-of-way to avoid an accident.
Is trading your safety or the safety of others for the sake of pride really worth it????
A roundabout is a type of road junction at which traffic enters a stream around a central island after first yielding (giving way) to the circulating traffic.
Unfortunately that is not always the case!
Under normal circumstances, the intent of a roundabout is to make intersections safer and more efficient.
Roundabouts move traffic through an intersection without the use of traffic signals.
Defensive driving is the key !
When approaching a multi-lane roundabout, drivers must choose the appropriate lane based on their intention to go right, left or straight.
To go left at the roundabout, approach it from the left lane and follow the roundabout to your exit. Use your right turning signal just before turning off to alert others of your intent.
To go straight through the roundabout, approach it from the center lane and follow the roundabout to your exit. Use your right turning signal just before turning off to alert others of your intent.
To make a right hand turn, approach the roundabout in the right hand lane. Use your right turning signal to alert others of your intent
Turn your signal on at this point as you approach your exit to alert other cars waiting to enter of your intention.
Always pull over for an emergency vehicle!
If you have not yet entered the roundabout, pull over to the right as soon as you can to allow the emergency vehicle to pass.
If possible, try not to stop inside the roundabout, instead continue to your exit and then pull over to the right allowing the emergency vehicle to pass. But if you must stop to let the emergency vehicle pass – exercise extreme caution!
Be aware that large trucks going through a roundabout may straddle two driving lanes.
Never drive adjacent to or pass a truck in a roundabout. It is much easier for you to see them, than for them to see you.
Watch large trucks closely! Even though they enter the roundabout from the right lane they may not exit immediately but go straight through. Always yield to them and look for their turning signals.
Penalties and fines are getting tougher every day!
Be aware of the Qatari driving regulations and make sure to follow them.
Do not assume the lack of police “pulling over” vehicles for violating the law is an indication that enforcement is non-existent.
Qatar has speed radars on highways throughout Doha that are capable of photographing your license plate and in some instances the driver.
Uniformed and plain clothes officers have been known to be setting in roundabouts and along the highway documenting the license plate numbers of vehicles violating traffic regulations.
Traffic Violations and Resulting Fines
Check and see if you have received a traffic ticket
If you are involved in an auto accident, move your car immediately, if possible, to the side of the road to prevent traffic from backing up.
Call the police and wait for them to arrive.
The police will issue a report. Without this report you cannot get your car repaired.
Do not leave the scene until the police give you permission to do so.
TIP 1:It is also a good idea to call someone who can speak Arabic and has been in-country long enough to be familiar with the laws.
This is a good reason why you should always carry the emergency calling card with you!
TIP 2:Call the number on the emergency calling card given to you by Texas A&M. There are at least two people on that list who speak Arabic.
is waiting for you to make it home safely!