CROSS ROADS


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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.

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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.

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In  India

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.

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