TIPS for Drivers
In life and on the road, the journey is as important as the destination. Observe the following guidelines while driving to ensure the safety of you and your family as also your fellow wayfarers.
- Be attentive and alert while driving. You cannot rely on your fellow drivers to follow traffic rules and keep you safe. Only if you are paying proper attention to your immediate surroundings, will you have enough reaction time to respond to any potentially dangerous situations like a child or animal suddenly darting across the road. Therefore, it is advised that you not use your mobile phone while driving. Always stop the vehicle to attend to calls. It is also helpful if you do not play loud music in your car or using headphones while riding a motorcycle.
- Wear helmet while driving a two-wheeler and seatbelt while driving a car. The vast majority of fatalities in road accidents result from head injuries, which can be easily avoided with the use of these standard safety measures. Ensure that helmets are of good quality (ISI certified) and give full coverage to the head. Also, wearing a helmet is no use if the strap of the helmet is not fastened, as the helmet will simply fly off the head in case of an accident. Ensure the pillion rider also wears the helmet. Avoid triple riding. A two-wheeler is designed to carry only two persons, and higher loads will make the vehicle unbalanced, causing accidents involving higher fatalities.
- Do not overspeed. Driving at a higher speed may save you time, but it also significantly increases the chances of an accident - and the higher the speed, the more horrific are the injuries caused. Driving at higher speeds makes it difficult to control the vehicle and also reduces the reaction time available to you to respond to the unexpected. Therefore, always try to match the speed of the rest of the traffic, without exceeding the speed limit. Keep to the left to stay out of the way of faster vehicles. If another driver seems to be in a hurry, do not be stubborn and give right of way. And if you need to go ahead of a slower vehicle in front of you, overtake from the right.
- Do not drink and drive. Alcohol severely affects our motor skills, such that one may not be in a position to even walk properly, let alone drive. Always ensure there is a designated driver in the group to drive the vehicle after a party or take public transport or taxi/auto instead. Drunken driving is a punishable offence which attracts a heavy fine, jail term and even cancellation of license.
- Slow the vehicle at zebra crossings, traffic signals and speed humps. These spots are more likely to be used by pedestrians to cross the road. Also slow the vehicle when making left/right turns or turning into a service lane and gradually join the main flow of traffic. Also drive slowly during rain and foggy weather.
- Follow lane discipline. Do not haphazardly swerve left and right in traffic as sudden vehicle movements and wrong overtaking can lead to accidents.
- Do not jump traffic signals. Oncoming traffic from the other direction can lead to a high risk of accident.
- Do not use headlights on high beam on roads where there is oncoming traffic as it blinds the drivers on the other side.
- Keep the vehicle in good condition to avoid the risk and inconvenience of sudden breakdowns. Get emission test done regularly to help reduce air pollution.
- Do not use horn unnecessarily as it causes disturbance to other drivers and contributes to noise pollution.
- Do not decorate your vehicle with garlands and buntings as it limits your field of vision through the windscreen and distracts other drivers.
- Always carry your vehicle documents in original in your vehicle - driving license, registration certificate, emission certificate, insurance certificate and taxation certificate. Transport vehicle owners should additionally keep their fitness certificate and permit. You may be asked to produce these documents at any time by the police and non-production may lead to detention of vehicle.
- Do not park in “no parking” areas as it causes obstruction, leading to slow movement of traffic and inconvenience to pedestrians. When parking next to a pavement, do not park more than 15 cm away from the side wall.