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To begin with, let us look at the state of driving in India. Every year around 1,50,000 people die due to road accidents, which is more than the number of people who have died in all the wars that India has fought. In comparison, the United States of America which is a developed auto market witnessed 40,000 road accident deaths in 2016. Out of 1,50,000 road accident fatalities, more than 25,000 deaths were due to car crashes. This is primarily because of negligent driving. More accidents are caused due to wrong behavior than lack of skills. Controlling one’s behavior is as important part of driving training as attaining driving skills.
Here are some important points for you to consider when it comes to driving an automobile:
THE ART OF SHARING THE ROAD
Everyone on the road enjoys driving as much as you do. Roads are public property and it is extremely important that you drive safely. It is necessary to adhere to the traffic rules and maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles. Drive very carefully near schools, hospitals and construction zones. Strictly adhere to the driving rules when you’re near children, blind, handicapped and old people. Safe driving habits can reduce fuel consumption and decrease emissions and reduce travel time too. Our collective behavior forms our road culture.
SPEED IS NOT ALWAYS FUN
Driving conditions and traffic flow dictate your traveling speed. While staying within the speed limit, you also need to match your traveling speed with the traffic flow. The chances of crashing into vehicles in front of you increase if you drive faster than the traffic flow. Maintaining a steady speed, within legal limits, at a safe following distance will help give you the time required to handle an emergency situation. Anticipating constantly what may emerge on road makes you a safe and responsible driver.
A VIGILANT DRIVER SAVES LIVES
We love our technologically advanced cars and various drive assists that they come with, but with the advent of these technologies drivers are becoming negligent too. At times these tools divert the attention and lead to unsafe driving. It is important to keep an eye on the road at all times and abide by the rules and regulations while driving. Never text while driving as it can endanger your life along with the lives of your co-passengers.
BRUSH UP YOUR SKILLS
You must always practice everything that you learnt for your four wheeler driving test. As it turns out, most of those rules aren’t just good driving lessons; they are legal regulations. It is better to follow the traffic lights than get into an episode of road-rage. Make sure you’re not talking on the phone while driving. And never drive after consuming alcohol.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CAR BETTER
It helps a great deal to understand the features of your car. As per Motor Vehicle Act a budding driver should understand the working of various systems of the vehicle so that the driver is able to take correct decision in case of any abnormality observed or emergency situation faced. Exploring your own car is a sure-shot way to a happier driving experience. Learn to listen to your car and ensure that you have complete knowledge of all the controls and their functions. You will realize that a lot of technical knowledge is not difficult to master.
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SAFETY
Do a thorough safety check before starting on a journey. Keep the checklist of the most important things ready, like seatbelts, mirrors, fuel, water, air pressure, first aid kit, spare tires, toolbox, spare bulbs and fuses an emergency parking reflector. Use the mirrors and signaling indicators to not only ensure your own safety but also the safety of other vehicles.
It is indeed never too late to check your driving skills and learn a few things afresh. Follow the pointers in this write up and make your journey a happy one. Adherence of rules of traffic, sound understanding of your vehicle and socially responsible driving will keep you and your loved ones safe.