Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Art of safe driving in India

Road users on wheels

1. Wear safety helmet of approved design while driving two wheelers. Ensure that it is fastened securely. Do not drive in case you are tired and unwell. Fatigue can cause serious accidents.

2. Never drive if you are under the influence of drug or medicines as this can seriously affect your driving ability.

Alcohol and road user
3. Alcohol intake seriously affects the driving ability. It reduces co-ordination, increases reaction time and impairs judgement of speed, distance and risk, while inspiring a false sense of confidence.

Seat belts
4. Wearing of seat belt considerably reduces the risk of death or serious injuries in case of an accident. Drivers and occupants of front seat must wear safety belts.

Moving off
5. Before moving off always use your mirrors. Signal if necessary before moving off. Move off only you can do so safely without making other road user change speed or direction.

Driving along
6. Keep to the left except when road signs or markings indicate otherwise or when you intend to overtake or turn right or when you have to pass stationary vehicles or pedestrians on the road.

7. Well before you overtake, or turn left or right or slow down or stop, use mirrors followed by an appropriate signal, if necessary.

8. Must follow the laid down speed limits for different vehicles. Never drive so fast that you cannot stop well within the distance you can see to be clear. Drive much more slowly if road is wet or at night.

9. Remember to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it slows down or stops suddenly.

10. Do not use mobile phone while on the move. Park the vehicle at a safe place if use of mobile phone is unavoidable.

Animals

11. Go slowly when driving past animals. Give them plenty of rooms and be ready to stop, if necessary. Do not frighten the animal by sounding your horn.

Road lane discipline

12. Try to remain in the left hand lane unless you are going to overtake, turn right or past parked vehicles. Do not move unnecessarily from lane to lane. If you need to move to another lane, first use your mirrors. If it is safe to move over, signal before doing so. Make sure that you will not force another vehicle to swerve or slow down. In traffic hold ups, do not try to “jump the queue” by cutting another lane or by overtaking the vehicles waiting in front of you.

Overtaking

13. Do not overtake unless you are sure you can do so without danger to others or to yourself. Before you start to overtake make sure that the road is clear far enough ahead and behind. Use your mirrors and if you are on a motorcycle or pedal cycle look behind and to your offside. Signal before you start to move out. Be particularly careful at dusk, in the dark and fog or mist, when it is more to difficult to judge speed and distance.

14. On fast roads, vehicles may coming up behind you much more quickly than what you think. Make sure that the lane you will be moving into his clear for a long way behind.

15. Once you have started to overtake, move quickly past the vehicle you are in overtaking and leave it plenty of room. Then move back to your left side of the road as soon as you can, but without cutting in.

16. When overtaking motorcycles or pedal cycles, give them plenty of room. Remember that cyclist may be unable to keep a straight course, particularly in windy conditions, or where the road surface is poor. Do not overtake motorcycles or pedal cycles immediately before turning to the left.

17. Overtake only to the right, except:

(a) When the driver in front has signaled that he intends to turn right and you can over take him on the left without getting in the way of others.

(b) When you want to overtake at a junction.

Road junctions

18. While coming to a crossing or t-junction, slow down and check for traffic crossing in other direction. Cross only when there is a break in traffic.

19. Never drive on wrong side of the road. If you wish to turn right, move close to the center line till your vehicle is almost abreast of the run; look for traffic in the opposite lane and turn where there is a gap in the traffic.

20. If you wish to turn right coming out of a side road, a vehicle parking area or from any gate, do not turn immediately after getting out pf the gate as this will place you facing opposite traffic. The correct way is to stop and wait for a gap in the traffic and cross the road at 90 degree before turning right.

21. While on a main road, drive within a lane; do not swerve or change lane. If you wish to change lane, check in the rear view mirror and change lane only if there is a gap in the tragic in that lane.

22. Drive in a manner that your actions do not force another vehicle driver to apply brakes or swerve due to your action.

Reversing

23. Before you reverse, make sure that there are no pedestrians particularly children or obstructions in the road behind you. Be especially careful about the “blind area” behind you-that is, the part of the road, which you cannot see from the driving seat.


24. If you cannot see clearly behind, get someone to guide you when you reverse.

25. Never reverse from a side road into a main road. You must not reverse your vehicle for a longer than is absolutely necessary.

Break-downs

26. If your vehicle breaks-down, get it off the carriage way and on to the hard shoulder as quickly as possible, and as far to the left as you can. Never forget the danger from the passing traffic. Switch ‘ON’ your hazard warnings lights, and at night leave your side light ‘ON’ as well. Do not open the doors nearest to the carriageway and do not stand at the rear of the vehicle or between it and passing the traffic.


Accident begins where caution ends.

4 comments:

Mike said...

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Timothy Pelletier said...

I think driving on Indian roads can be difficult task, you should be alert all the time while you driving and yes avoid overtaking as you mentioned. i must say that points you made is very interesting, did get good amount information.
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