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Indian Driving Rulebook for a Foreigner

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Amidst the pandemonium, comes the order, the Indian Driver’s License

Whatever be your enthusiasm levels, you are the daredevil types, wanting to test, drive and experience driving on Indian roads, or you would like to just commute, travel, take in the sights, or just want to have a firsthand experience of what it is like to being behind the wheels on the infamously famous Indian roads and especially so, if you are a foreigner. The view from behind the steering wheel is a whole different ballgame. But before you actually venture out in that direction, there are some mandatory rules for foreign drivers in India.

Even if you have a valid license from your home country, it is not accepted in India. You will have to follow protocol and first apply for an International Driving License in India. This is issued by the RTO, Regional Transport Office and is valid for a year. The required documents include current proof of address, birth certificate, valid passport, visa, and driver’s license from your place of origin. 

If you have resided for more than a year in India, and you would still like to drive, then you will have to apply for an Indian Drivers’ license to be eligible to drive in India.

  • The legal age limit to drive in India is 18.
  • All driving in India happens on the left-hand side of the road. And the steering wheel in a four-wheeler is placed on the right side of the car. So, there is some getting used to.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory only for front seat occupants. Again, the same varies according to individual State rules.
  • Helmets are compulsory for motorcycle drivers in most states. And in some states, even pillion riders should wear helmets.
  • The permissible blood alcohol level is about 0.3% and anything over the legal limit is an offense and punishable accordingly.
  • When driving, mobile phone usage is not allowed/advisable.
  • The different types of licenses in India include 2-wheeler license, LMV, light motor vehicle license, and HMV, heavy motor vehicle license.

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Car Insurance – A Must Have

You have decided to drive in India. And for that, you have even gone ahead and passed the Driver’s license test. Now, armed with the license, what next? You are shopping for cars, either you are leasing, buying or it could be a company sponsored vehicle. So the last logical conclusion would be to get a good, maximum coverage Car Insurance Policy for your vehicle.

Yes. It is compulsory to get a Car insurance policy when driving in India. It is best under the circumstances. And the insurance policy acts as a protective shield at all times. You could opt for all accident clauses and additionally, you could even include liability against, burglary, any damages due to natural calamities like storm, rains, flooding, earthquakes, and landslides etc. Or even due to fire, building collapse or anything that happens unexpectedly. 

You can shop around and find a policy that is best suited for you. There are many insurance companies in India and you could check out with them and find one that offers the best coverage policy.

Alternatively, you could visit the IndianBlueBook, IBB, website, www.indianbluebook.com and choose from a range of intuitive auto products perfected for you.

The auto products from IBB include:

  1. AssistFirst - A Anytime, Anywhere Roadside Assistance across India that covers emergency towing, on the spot repairing, flat tyre service, battery jumpstart, emergency fuel, vehicle breakdown service, assistance in case of an accident and more.
  2. TAPP - Is IBB’s Test Drive App that lets you test drive cars of your choice before you finalize on one. So if you want to test drive, just use TAPP. You can test drive new and used cars at your convenience, at your time and this eases your search.
  3. Car Insurance - If you are looking for either used car or new car insurance, rely on the hassle free insurance services from IBB.
  4. Car Finance - IBB has strategic tieups with banks and financial institutions, therefore, if you need any Car loan or Car finance assistance, don’t think beyond IBB for quick, reliable financing options.

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