Safe and Responsible Driving
Workers on the road
Drive slowly and carefully through construction zones and areas. Obey the warning signs and people who are directing traffic through the area. Adjust your speed as per the condition. Do not change lanes and watch for workers and construction vehicles on the road.
Be patient if traffic is delayed due to construction work. If your lane is blocked and no one is directing traffic, let the vehicle coming from the opposite side pass. When the way is clear, move slowly and carefully around the obstacle.
Animals on the road
Animals, especially cows, may come on the road at any time and from any direction. Be alert for animals and slow down if an animal comes on the road. Animals on roads are a major cause of accidents on Indian roads.
Do not use mobile phones while driving. Talking on the mobile diverts your attention and affects your reactions and it can cause a crash. Stop your vehicle on the shoulder of the road, switch on the four way emergency lights and attend your phone call or let your mobile voice mail service take the call. Listen to the message later when you have safely parked your vehicle. If it is really important to use the mobile phone when driving, use a hands-free microphone but it is strongly recommended not to use it while driving.
It is pertinent to mention here that as per Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, use of handheld communication devices while driving (mobile phone) is considered as a dangerous driving.
Suspension of Driving Licence on the direction of Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety:
The Supreme Court Committee on Road safety issued direction to suspend driving licence for a period of not less than three months under Section-19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 read with Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for: (a) Driving at a speed exceeding the specified limit which in the Committee’s view would also include red light jumping;
(b) Carrying overload in goods carriage and carrying persons in goods carriages;
(c) Driving vehicles under the influence of drink and drugs;
(d) Using mobile phone while driving a vehicle
Distractions to Drivers
Pay full attention and remain focused while you drive. Even if you have years of experience it is important for you to pay full attention to your driving. Avoid:
- Using mobile phones or laptops.
- Eating or drinking
- Talking with passengers
- Attending to children
- Adjusting the controls of the music systems of the vehicle.
These are some of the major causes of road accidents.
If you hear the siren or see flashing lights of an ambulance, fire tender or police patrol vehicle, get out of the way as soon as you can. Get to the left side and slow down till that vehicle passes you. Click here to read more