10 Things To Keep in Mind While Driving on Indian Roads


Road accidents have earned India a serious attention. With over 130,000 deaths annually, the country has overtaken China and now has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide, as revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its first ever Global Status Report on Road Safety. With the ever increasing rise in population and resources, India has seen humongous growth in plying of wheels on road. And thus the threat has arrived. It is a cause of concern for the public, especially in suburbs and metros which finds super speedy vehicles with least attention to road safety laws. We, at TrendingPost, take a dig at some common hazards we often face while driving along Indian roads.

1. No one has time to wait till the light goes Green:

Even after the set up of automatic timer traffic light signals, people are not quite ready for it. Often you will find signals that might get you stuck from 1 to  6 mins long. It depends on the traffic crowd and the road junction, with no intention to kill your time. Do not provoke your forbearance and do wait till it goes green. The only way to ride safely to home or your workplace is to sincerely follow the basic road rules underlined by the authority.


2. Seatbelts and Helmets are not for fun:

We all do know the indispensable reason of tightening up our sealtbelt or wearing the helmet. Still most of us are not very accustomed to it and considers it just for fun. But it is a very vital precaution while taking on the road. Nowadays, being careless on the road can take a dig at your wallet.

seatbelt - TP

3. Your phone can definitely wait for a while:

Its never a good idea to talk on phone while driving. Even at times when you feel the road is empty, you might get tempted to hold on to your phone. But danger never rings the doorbell, specially when you are out on the open road. Hands-free devices are great option in such cases..

texting and driving - TP

4. Blaming it on the lady driver:

We have no right to shout it our or blame lady drivers of their driving capability. Some Indian men often has the tendency to falsely account a woman driver for no fault of her at all. This is highly condemnable and they ought to show some respect and regard. It is not likely that all men are good drivers in the same fashion as its not likely that all woman are bad drivers. You are a good driver when you know your grounds and set examples to others by abiding by the road rules.

Driving a car at night -woman driving his modern car at night in a city (shallow DOF; color toned image)

5. Speed breakers are not here for sports:

Speed breakers, as the name speaks out, is constructed to arrest your speed limit at important junctions of the road. We ought to show some respect and carefully mount through it, keeping in mind about the fellow pillion or backbenchers.

speedbreaker - TP

6. Honking out in the signal:

Interestingly, some Indian drivers believe that honking loudly while on a signal will magically disappear the queue. It is of no use and pointless to do so. We are to follow the rules and wait till the signal gets cleared. Also unnecessary honking creates high disturbances to fellow drivers and might lead to war of words.

car honking - TP

7. Headlamps and indicators can take you home safely:

Some drivers need to understand the correct use of headlight beam, where to use the deeper light and when to go for dim. Often we find careless drivers who drives on hard light without measuring the plight of the opposite vehicles, which is a very grave mistake.


8. Reverse or parallel parking is an issue with many drivers:

Reverse gear in cars often get Indian drivers in an entangle. Most drivers find it clumsy or a headache to reverse park their car and some lose their cool while on a tricky situation. Proper training in driving schools can easily eradicate such issues.

reverse drive - TP

9. Give a shot of patience while people crossings:

When road crossings are marked, we should wait for the green signal or at least give a cautious look before swinging along. Attention to detail is important in Indian roads as you may not know when to encounter with small kids or animals while on the road.

crossing roads - TP

10. The road belongs to everyone:

The heavy duty vehicle drivers often run hastily on the road thinking of low weight vehicle as their minor competitors. One should be always cautious nearby such vehicles and maintain a minimum distance gap. Even rash driving, which is mostly seen in express ways and metro junctions is not a good idea even if you own a foreign juggernaut. Indian roads are built for certain conditions and one must be able to foresee the difference between a normal road and a race track.

rash driving - TP

Here are some serious facts released by Road Accident statistics:

  • Over 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents in 2013 alone, that is more than the number of people killed in all our wars put caution - TPtogether.
  • 16 children die on Indian roads daily.
  • There is one death every four minutes due to a road accident in India.
  • 1214 road crashes occur every day in India.
  • Two wheelers account for 25% of total road crash deaths.
  • 20 children under the age of 14 die every day due to road crashes in the country.
  • 377 people die every day, equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every day.
  • Two people die every hour in Uttar Pradesh – State with maximum number of road crash deaths.

So guys, next time you up for a rash drive, get ready to be booked for a healthy time with the cops. The onus is on you to show how you are good and responsible on the road. Proper training before signing your driving license is important. Even liquor has become a state subject and we suggest our readers to abstain such illegal driving. Driving can be enjoyable and relaxing once you find the right path to hold on to and abiding the laws sincerely. Mom has kept the dinner ready, and we sure you do not want to miss it by riding home safe.

Be safe, Be responsible & Follow Road Rules sincerely.

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1 Comment

  1. Pranakrishna Das on

    Nice collumn.Seriously its time people should care not only about themselves but about the people around them as well. hope people take this seriously…this could save a ton.

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