“Road Safety Rules Are Your Best Tools”
As the above saying goes, we must follow the traffic rules but it is unfortunate that many of usually overlook them without realizing they are for our own safety. Then there are also some road users who do not understand the basic road etiquettes and signage. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to learn. The Automotive India brings a detailed guide on road safety in India.
Before Driving on Roads:
Please ensure to keep the following items before driving on roads in India:
- Driving License
- Certificate of Insurance
- Certificate of Registration
- Pollution Check Certificate
What To Do? (For Four Wheelers)
- Always Wear Seat belts & Ask Co-Passenger to do same.
- Always use Child seats for Children under 4+.
- Allow Pedestrians to Cross the Roads First.
- Allow the Emergency Vehicles (Ambulance, Fire brigade) to pass.
- Use Indicators & rear view mirrors when changing Lanes.
- Slow down while approaching an intersection.
- Always maintain appropriate distance from the vehicle in front.
- Always drive in your lane.
- Never Jump Any Red Light.
- Never Drink & Drive.
- Never Use Mobile Phones when driving
- Never Drive More than 60Kph in City.
- Never Drive If you’re below age of 18.
- Never Park on Busy Roads.
- Never apply brakes suddenly
What to Do? (For Two Wheelers)
- Always wear a full mask good quality helmet & fasten it.
- Always check the inflation of both front and rear tires.
- Always ensure the front and rear lights are functional.
- Always give proper indications before turning.
- Always use front and rear brakes simultaneously.
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
- Never ride in a zig-zag manner.
- Never overtake from the blind corners of a vehicle or from the left side
- Never apply brakes suddenly.
- Never carry heavy loads or more than one person as pillion rider.
- Never use cell phone while riding.
Understand the Language of Road:
> Center Line: The white broken line divides the road into two, separating opposing stream of traffic. This line can be crossed if overtaking is essential provided the oncoming carriageway is clear
> Twin White/Yellow Lines: These lines divide the road into two and crossing them from either side is strictly prohibited.
> Small Broken White Lines: They separate the lanes on a road, Vehicles are supposed to move in between these lines and generally left most lane is allotted to HMV.
> Single Yellow Line: You cannot cross this line except while turning Right or taking a U-Turn.
> Zebra Crossing: Alternate black and white stripes painted are meant for pedestrians to cross the road when signals indicate so. The vehicles must stop and give way to pedestrians at such crossings.