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Driving in our country can sometimes be stressful especially during peak traffic hours. The cities and suburbs are growing and this is giving rise to an increase in the number of people who need a car to get from Point A to Point B.
Road safety rules should be known by drivers of all kinds of automobiles, especially in a country like India. Because we are infamously famous for a mix of reasons like high frequency road accidents, traffic jams poor infrastructure, poor vehicle maintenance, and not obeying traffic regulations.re
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“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” ― Erol Ozan
In order to stay safe, here are a few must-follow traffic rules:
- Seatbelt – Wear your seatbelt at all times while driving, not only is it mandatory but it will save your life too.
- Distractions - Steer clear from distractions while driving. Talking on the phone while driving is prohibited in India and if it’s very important to have a conversation then pulling up to the side of the road is advisable. Distractions can also be presented in the form of loud music or conversations with co-passengers which require your undivided attention.
- Speed Limit – Speed limits and rules are imposed for a reason. In our country especially where some roads are in an unspeakable condition due to poor maintenance or build quality and with people lacking driving etiquette, it is good to follow the given speed limit so as to prevent accidents. Supposing you see a ditch or a pothole in the middle of the road, if you are driving at a slower speed, it’s much easier to manoeuvre around them and drive on safely.
- Lane Discipline – Maintaining your lane will not only help you but also help others on the road. This will ensure that the traffic moves smoothly and freely.
Traffic Light – Don’t skip red lights even if there is no sight of oncoming traffic. Not only is it illegal but the outcome can lead to accidents.
- Car Maintenance – A car maintained well ensures your safety and goes a long way. Broken headlights, fused bulbs or worn-out tyres etc. can cause accidents to take place because of loss in traction or visibility. When lights are broken, the indicator does not work, and when on road, neither does it help you or even others’. Which means both drivers and pedestrians cannot discern your vehicle on a dark road. And this is an important safety measure as well. If you are visible, people will be able to see your vehicle on the road.
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Also, using all mirrors in your car is good method to being well aware of your surroundings.
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“Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.”- E. B. White
- Hand Signals – Hand signals are frequently used in India and it is good to learn and be aware of what the other person is signalling. This lets you know what action the other person is going to take.
- Distance – It’s always good to maintain distance between vehicles so that in the time of an unexpected circumstance, you will have enough time to react and stop your vehicle from colliding.
- Road Rage–There is no room for rage on the road and resolving any issue as cordially as possible will be a better fitment.
- Time Management – Last but not least, time management is one of the most simple and effective ways of avoiding and preventing mishaps. Instead of rushing to school, work or other places, leaving a little earlier will ensure that you drive safely and calmly.
Driving on Indian roads can be challenging both mentally and physically. Therefore understanding the unwritten rules is imperative. Like being ready to brake at any point in time, hand signalling etc. and this ensures safety to all individuals on the road.
One of the most important forms of education is road safety for people of all ages. This ranges from crossing the road to driving a four-wheeler. Rules not only create uniformity, help reduce traffic jams but are also a good form of discipline to follow.
Learn the rules and stay safe!