Tips for safe highway riding

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Last week, we discussed the rise of the road trip trend in India, and how families are increasingly opting to drive down to holiday destinations rather than use flights and trains. This week, we take a look at some of the rules these road travellers must keep in mind while on the national highways and expressways, on route to their destination.

The national highways of the country carry about 40 per cent of the traffic in the country according to NHAI. Despite a large network of roads and a sprawling national highway network, traffic in India remains unpredictable and highly unsafe. So before you set out on your road trip, do keep these essential rules in mind, to make your journey a safe and enjoyable one.

Drive within the correct lane: Lane driving is sane driving, is an often-used signage on almost all Indian highways. But do you know which lane is the right one to drive in? The extreme left lane is mainly for the use of heavy vehicles.

The middle lane is meant for vehicles that are maintaining a constant speed. The extreme right lane is meant for overtaking and vehicles accelerating ahead.

Observe the speed limit: Each highway or expressway has an indicated speed limit that vehicles should not cross, even if the roads may be clear. Crossing the speed limit may lead to skidding of vehicles and endanger other vehicles on the road too. Following speed limits helps regulate the flow of traffic and ensures your safety.

Take breaks often during the travel: Driving for long distances can create a monotony, leading to lapse in concentration. Taking regular intervals during the drive can help refresh both the driver and the passengers. Also taking breaks will ensure the driver doesn’t get drowsy behind the wheel.

Prepare for a breakdown: The first rule before a long journey is to ensure your car is in top condition and handle long distances without creating trouble. Ensure you have a handy tool kit with you, in case of emergency situations such as a flat tyre or the engine heating up. In case your car does breakdown or you have a problem, you need to turn on the hazard lights immediately and try to get to the designated breakdown area.

With all these tips under your belt, you are sure to have the ride of your life, and one that is safe too! Write about your last journey and send it topost@roadsafetyblog.inand win‘Michelin Man’ reflective stickers



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