CROSS ROADS – VINOD KUMAR
In India, deaths because of traffic accidents are alarming. Under age must be restricted from driving. Many under age people learn to drive out of practice. They may not have gone to the driving school, and learnt the appropriate academics of road use. In this case that you do not know the academics and signage of road use, then it is you who are a danger to other road users.
Your convenience of parking at wrong place is certainly harassment to other people. The government must put strict punishment to those who drive in inebriated and drunken state. Alcohol consumption and drunk driving must be banned.
Can we recommend that driving for entertainment and thrill must not be on the highways. Thrill and entertainment in driving can be experienced on special tracks and go carting and other car drifting and racing circuits. Driving for a pass time consumes additional fuel and petrol and contributes to pollution. I do not think that Indian drivers will ever know about fast lanes and slow lanes. But that is a minor misdemeanor. One can also notice holiday open market popping up on roads. Yes, on Sundays and at early hours of the day, the farms produces are auctioned of at specific spots on road sites. This is a part of open market or farm culture. As long as there are regional buyers, this road habit cannot be curtailed.
Toll roads have become popular in India. There are cleaner, neater and safer solutions. But some social agitators and activists have made roads as their venue for processions, dharnas and protests. These hooligans do en mass sit-‐in to block the roads and high ways, only to make their voices heard. Though there are other road users to be of nuisances to you, yet it is your responsibility to be poised and composed. If you practice some breathing techniques, yoga or even meditation, daily, then other arrogant drivers will not succeed to irritate you or annoy you. Road safety is paramount.
Even in case of minor accident, the arrival of police may be delayed. In such case the on lookers and regional, public can cause an eruption of severe arguments that can raise emotional temperatures. People who have no expertise of arbitration or insurance will claim to peg the damage at a currency value. Most often it is a large compensation from a larger vehicle to a smaller one. Example is that the four wheeler driver has to compensate a two wheeler driver, irrespective of the flaw and the mistake. Or else the argument could be lengthy and so will be the traffic jam. Here, you must be equipped with social and judicial skills, phone network and local language. To beat the severe traffic, it is wise to avoid peak hours. Early mornings are the good time to begin the journey.
Your vehicle must get lots of care too. Keep all its parts in good condition. Check the quality of gears, brake and other parts so that, you can control the vehicle in case of turbulence. The tyres too, must be of good quality. Prior knowledge of roads and spots of stop overs make it easy to navigate through the journey.