There are wreck less people on the road. That is why you must take much care, when you are driving a motor vehicle. Road rage is becoming common. Traffic jams in roads in India has become of concern to many cities. In New Delhi, regimenting cars to the odd number-‐ even number scheme is inevitable. There do not seem to be any other solution. Even metro trains has contributed to easing traffic but not been successful to eliminate stand still traffic.
It is important to learn rules and regulations of road use. A twenty meter gap is essential before you overtake from behind a heavy vehicle. This gives you the full view of oncoming vehicles on opposite side. And this distance of twenty meters margin can benefit, when you choose to fall back and not to overtake. Such meaningful traffic rules and regulations must be given due respect. Diligent drivers are the ones who follow traffic rules. It is certain that road use for the day is temporary. You will certainly park your car and exit the road use, when you reach destination or work, or at home. So, then why not plan to make the journey, an enjoyable one? If you plan well, before journey, then you will manage well, your time that you are on road. Incorporate additional few minutes, just in case of delay along your journey. Then you will cease to be anxious and not to hurry in haste. To be safe while driving, it’s important that you are not in a rush. Your decisions while you negotiate traffic are optimized when your mind is calm and alert. It is futile to share your attention to another person on your mobile phone, while you are driving on road.
If you have slept well and rested at home, then you will avoid feeling sleepy while driving. If in case your eyes are tired and drowsy, then stop your car in, road side car park. Rest for about half an hour and refresh yourself.
If you have other passengers in car, then their safety is in your hands, when you are driving. Do not indulge in entertaining all passengers inside the car. Refrain from involving into their conversations. Your attention and focus on road must be undivided, especially on high way and at high speeds.
Always prefer to reduce speeds in curves and turning. Never get competitive on road, with and along other cars on roads. Do not let rudeness of other drivers to provoke you. If there are other wreck less drivers, then it’s okay to let them move on. And you may trail but surely you will be safer. Many roads in India may be built unsafe. It’s common to read the signage, that cautions. They say danger zone or accident prone.
As a driver, you must know to read all the signages and also to communicate with indicator lights of your vehicle. You must not make an entry into a road without conveying indication to the approaching traffic. Right indicators must be blinking when you enter the road, parallel from the left side. Many drivers still use the hand signals of yester years. Well, that is optional. But ensure that the fellow road users get sure and advance Indications of your turns.
In India there are regional habits and twists and turns in driver communication. When highways are partially built, then the oncoming vehicles simply move into your side of the one way traffic. They feel it’s okay to do so, only by having lit their head-‐lights. In such cases, the onus is upon you also to stir clear of such confusions. And also unruly drivers who simply make an entry from behind the trees and at wrong places must also be the warning to you. Be attentive at all times that you’re driving. While you drive is not the time to be surprised, shocked or even spontaneous. In India cows and dogs too can be walking astray on to the road. Your judgment of speed or even about a pedestrian running across the road is crucial.
Medians that seems to popup in the middle of the road, must be expected. Especially two wheeler drivers must be warned before overtaking a heavy vehicle, that they do not run or bump on to a sign board or an upright median in the middle of the road. Driving is not for adrenaline rush, competition or not even for hurry. Road use must be restricted to an extremely disciplined activity of traveling safely.
Road accidents per day – 1682 Daily death by road accidents – 382
Yearly death by road accidents – 1,30,000
Yearly accidents of two wheeler s – 7 percentage of total road accident Yearly accidents by drivers who are less than 18 years of age -‐ 11,400
Source of information: data.gov.in Released under: National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP)
In India, deaths because of traffic accidents are alarming. Under age must be restricted from driving. Many under age people learn to drive out of practice. They may not have gone to the driving school, and learnt the appropriate academics of road use. In this case that you do not know the academics and signage of road use, then it is you who are a danger to other road users.
Your convenience of parking at wrong place is certainly harassment to other people. The government must put strict punishment to those who drive in inebriated and drunken state. Alcohol consumption and drunk driving must be banned.
Can we recommend that driving for entertainment and thrill must not be on the highways. Thrill and entertainment in driving can be experienced on special tracks and go carting and other car drifting and racing circuits. Driving for a pass time consumes additional fuel and petrol and contributes to pollution. I do not think that Indian drivers will ever know about fast lanes and slow lanes. But that is a minor misdemeanor. One can also notice holiday open market popping up on roads. Yes, on Sundays and at early hours of the day, the farms produces are auctioned of at specific spots on road sites. This is a part of open market or farm culture. As long as there are regional buyers, this road habit cannot be curtailed.
Toll roads have become popular in India. There are cleaner, neater and safer solutions. But some social agitators and activists have made roads as their venue for processions, dharnas and protests. These hooligans do en mass sit-‐in to block the roads and high ways, only to make their voices heard. Though there are other road users to be of nuisances to you, yet it is your responsibility to be poised and composed. If you practice some breathing techniques, yoga or even meditation, daily, then other arrogant drivers will not succeed to irritate you or annoy you. Road safety is paramount.
Even in case of minor accident, the arrival of police may be delayed. In such case the on lookers and regional, public can cause an eruption of severe arguments that can raise emotional temperatures. People who have no expertise of arbitration or insurance will claim to peg the damage at a currency value. Most often it is a large compensation from a larger vehicle to a smaller one. Example is that the four wheeler driver has to compensate a two wheeler driver, irrespective of the flaw and the mistake. Or else the argument could be lengthy and so will be the traffic jam. Here, you must be equipped with social and judicial skills, phone network and local language. To beat the severe traffic, it is wise to avoid peak hours. Early mornings are the good time to begin the journey.
Your vehicle must get lots of care too. Keep all its parts in good condition. Check the quality of gears, brake and other parts so that, you can control the vehicle in case of turbulence. The tyres too, must be of good quality. Prior knowledge of roads and spots of stop overs make it easy to navigate through the journey.
Night driving in Indian roads has it’s own challenges. In many roads the head light beam from tracks on opposite lanes, do hit right at your eyes. In such cases be extremely alert to avoid blind spots where visibility is tampered. Make a good practice of using your side mirror and rear view mirror. Do not change lanes without ensuring that it is clear and empty. Erratic and impulsive decisions may be the cause of many a traffic accidents. Do not make jerky movements while on roads as you may cause confusions to other passengers. Patience is a great virtue while on long drives. Some people habitually want to sleep after a heavy meal.
For them, small portions and not a complete fill of stomach is safer. So while behind the wheel you are not drowsy or sleepy. Do not drive if you have taken medication that has sedative properties.
I strongly recommend that you deliberately make a list of over thirty items. Write down in detail the precautions that needs attention. Share this list with other passengers, so that all are on the same page for conduct while on the tour. One precaution can be that, conflicting discussions, and disputing issues can be edited from debates while you are driving. Take care that you are not dragged into quarrel with passengers in your car.
Advance anticipation of other violations of other road users is a great skill, so that, your brain already is in prepared mode. Then in case of other violators, yet you are ready to deflect and dodge, potential dangerous driving maneuvers.
Driving and long journey is the main entity while in this act. So priority is on safety features of vehicle use. Use your vehicles and driving skills when they are essential for the journey. You can discover many more disciplines that can make your journey a very pleasurable experience. Much vigil is essential while approaching cross roads. In India it is common practice to see violators, of traffic indicating signals. At cross roads, the principle is, to be sure than to be sorry. Rule out any possibility of a collision.
This road ways of India can be a great educator. You may also be moving from one district to the next and from state, to other state, to enrich your social experience. Awareness, alertness and attention on driving and quality of driving can eliminate accidents. Enroll to the club of safe driving.