CROSS ROADS – VINOD KUMAR
As a driver, you must know to read all the signages and also to communicate with indicator lights of your vehicle. You must not make an entry into a road without conveying indication to the approaching traffic. Right indicators must be blinking when you enter the road, parallel from the left side. Many drivers still use the hand signals of yester years. Well, that is optional. But ensure that the fellow road users get sure and advance Indications of your turns.
In India there are regional habits and twists and turns in driver communication. When highways are partially built, then the oncoming vehicles simply move into your side of the one way traffic. They feel it’s okay to do so, only by having lit their head-‐lights. In such cases, the onus is upon you also to stir clear of such confusions. And also unruly drivers who simply make an entry from behind the trees and at wrong places must also be the warning to you. Be attentive at all times that you’re driving. While you drive is not the time to be surprised, shocked or even spontaneous. In India cows and dogs too can be walking astray on to the road. Your judgment of speed or even about a pedestrian running across the road is crucial.
Medians that seems to popup in the middle of the road, must be expected. Especially two wheeler drivers must be warned before overtaking a heavy vehicle, that they do not run or bump on to a sign board or an upright median in the middle of the road. Driving is not for adrenaline rush, competition or not even for hurry. Road use must be restricted to an extremely disciplined activity of traveling safely.
Road accidents per day – 1682 Daily death by road accidents – 382
Yearly death by road accidents – 1,30,000
Yearly accidents of two wheeler s – 7 percentage of total road accident Yearly accidents by drivers who are less than 18 years of age -‐ 11,400
Source of information: data.gov.in Released under: National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP)