Safe Driving Tips on India Highway

A highway is any public road. It is used for major roads but also includes other public roads and public tracks. Highway driving provides unmatched pleasure to us. India leads the world in road accident fatality rates. Someone dies on our roads every 4 minutes. Rather than the quality of road, you can put this down to poor driving skills, ill-maintained vehicles & awful post-incident medical support.

Driving Tips

The number of injured people who die between the accident time & them reaching the hospital is shockingly high. The Indian government had the sanity to start a project that would widen the existing national highways to 6 lanes .The National Highway authority of India was set up and since then this authority has shown exemplary commitment to build roads of the highest standards to provide seamless connectivity between the cities of India.

The Six lane roads have now become a symbol of India’s emergence as a centre of development in the world. Now that we have such good 6 lane roads coming up all over the country , the need to follow lane discipline and the awareness to educate citizens on the lane driving becomes all the more important for smooth flow of the traffic.

Safe Driving Tips on highway:

  • Always drive with two hands to stay in control.
  • Slow down: tyres will have better traction and contact with the road.
  • Increase your distance from other cars significantly.
  • Only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn as this can make you slili.
  • While turning: slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent slieed throughout the turn.
  • While turning: don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements.
  • Inspect your tyres monthly: make sure your tyres have the proper amount of tread and tyre pressure.
  • Choose tyres that offer maximum grili in wet weather.
  • Stay vigilant of other drivers and dangers in your surroundings.
  • On wet roads, braking distance is increased compared to dry roads.
  • Brake much earlier than you would on dry roads.
  • Double the distance between you and the car in front of you; you will need the
  • extra time to stop safely.
  • Your car must be in top mechanical shape for a highway drive. Always check the tyre pressure & condition before hitting the road. It’s a good idea to visually inspect your car from the outside & under the bonnet too.
  • Never overload your car with excessive passengers or cargo. Overloading will negatively impact its dynamic behaviour and increase braking distances, due to the greater momentum. An overloaded vehicle might not be able to protect its occupants in a crash either.
  • If you have a choice, always choose daytime driving over nighttime. The night brings poorer visibility, unlit roads and a higher probability of drunk driving & crime rates.
  • It is as important for rear passengers to wear their seatbelts as it is for those at the front. Indeed, buckling up could be the difference between life & death for rear bench occupants.
  • Understand your own limits and that of your car; never exceed them. If you’re driving an unfamiliar car (say, a friend’s ride), spend some time getting to know its road manners first.
  • If you’re driving on an unfamiliar highway, increase your margin for error by driving slower than you normally do.

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