We all know that Indian roads are not safe enough. Plenty of vehicles all using the same road at the same time with no patience, and zero knowledge of road sense is a sure sign of catastrophe. No wonder, plenty of accidents occur every single day. It is therefore necessary that we take steps so that not only us but others as well on the roads are safe.

  • First and foremost, always wear your safety gears on the roads. Helmets and seat belts are designed to safeguard us and even if others are not wearing them, start by setting an example.
  • Learn driving and get a license. Driving without license is dangerous.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • If you can, travel to work early when the roads are empty. As you know traffic is heavy during the School and office hours. You will be able to travel fast without getting struck in a traffic jam and also reduce one vehicle (i.e. yours) during the peak hour.
  • Don’t drink and drive. The same holds true if you have stress or loss of sleep. You are putting your and other’s life as well in danger.
  • Don’t overtake. This is one big problem among many vehicle users. They just don’t have the patience to wait. Trying to overtake may put your life in danger as you might come in front of a speeding truck nearby.
  • Always drive within speed limits. While driving at night do not use high beams as it is difficult for others to drive.
  • It is advisable to be careful while travelling in places at night where street lights are not proper.
  • Don’t speed or compete with your friends on the roads, it is not a race course.
  • Go slow along the speed breakers.
  • Always keep a first aid kit and basic medicines in your vehicle.
  • Always keep an eye on the road, not on the people in your car or the glittering shops nearby.
  • If you are new at driving, always have some experienced person with you in the vehicle.
  • If possible try car pooling to work or school as this would reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
  • Please do not park your vehicle as and where you want. Look for a place where your vehicle would not hinder smooth movement of traffic and also not disturb pedestrians.
  • While travelling on highways, be careful as most vehicles will be moving fast.
  • If you are stuck in a traffic jam, please do not zigzag your way through small gaps. It is better to wait patiently for the traffic to clear off.

For the pedestrians

  • Please try walking on the sidewalks if possible. If travelling on the road, please keep to the corner as much as possible.
  • Do not cross as and when you wish. Cross only at the zebra crossing when the vehicles have come to a halt.
  • If your street lights are not working, carry a torch. There are open drains and pot holes and live wires. It is better  to be safe than sorry.
  • Don’t let children out on the street. They do not understand that it is a street and not their playground. It is your responsibility to save them from putting themselves and others at risk.
  • Don’t get in or get down on a running bus. Waiting for a few more minutes will not cost you anything but one mistake made in hurry and you will have to repent your entire life.

These safety measures if followed by each one of us would surely help in improving road safety in India.

The Nissan safety driving Forum (NSDF) is conducting a nationwide road safety campaign "Safety begins with me". Through this concept Nissan tries to drive the message that road safety is every driver's responsibility and cannot be taken lightly. NSDF is indeed a great initiative launched by The Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.  It began as an annual activity in 2012 with its initial phase covering 3 main cities - New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and now has expanded to several cities in India. They are committed to promoting safe driving in India through their Blue Citizenship CSR umbrella and also conducts live simulated experiences to understand how safety features function through a simulated car crash. Through their interactive activities NSDF encourages drivers and passengers to wear seat belts which would help in reducing fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents. More information on NSDF can be found here.


This post is a part of the "Safety begins with me" campaign of The Nissan safety driving Forum and Indiblogger.

1 comment:

  1. great tips , i've learnt a lot in INdian road safety measures. Keep posting high quality articles like this one.


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