August 3, 2021
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 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.

 

In  India

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)

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