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9 Common Driving Mistakes

  • Loosing attention - 'zoning out'
    • Stay relaxed but totally focused.
    • Concentrate on your journey, not your pending issues.
  • Driving while drowsy
    • Take breaks frequently or as required.
    • Make sure to get adequate rest before long trips.
  • Getting d is traced inside car (cell phone, radio, passengers)
    • Avoid using cell phone while driving
    • Plan and study your trip prior to commencing
  • Failing to adjust to adverse weather conditions
    • Slow down in rain
    • Allow for longer stopping distances Adjust for poor visibility
  • Driving aggressively (tailgating, jumping red lights, and stop signs, etc.)
    • Allow yourself ample time to make the trip.
    • Remain calm and drive safely.
  • Anticipate a bout other drivers intentions
    • Drive defensively
    • Allow cushion for the unexpected
    • Make your intentions clear use turn signals etc.
    • Obey the traffic signs
    • Remember the speed limit is the legal limit in ideal conditions, allow for deviations.
  • Changing lanes without checking blind spots
    • Signal, check mirrors, then use quick glance
    • Make lane changes gradually
  • Driving while upset
    • Avoid this, as it is comparable to driving intoxicated.
  • Ignoring essential auto maintenance (brake lights, bald tyres, etc.)
    • Do weekly maintenance checks
    • Replace brake pads every 15000 kms.
    • Replace worn out tyres
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Road Safety Tips for Pedestrian

Though Pedestrian is the most important constituent of traffic. he belongs to the high risk group on road. In order to remain safe pedestrians should cultivate the habit of using road infrastructure in proper manner. Subways, Zebra Crossings, foot over bridges should be used to cross the road. Short cuts and easy options of crossing roads can be dangerous and should not be resorted to.

 
Simple actions on road will keep you safe:

  • Walk with care.
  • Look towards oncoming traffic.
  • Never assume that driver has seen you when you are about to cross the road, it is your responsibility to save yourself.
  • Avoid crossing road where drivers may not be able to see you.
  • Wait for suitable gap in the traffic flow before crossing the road.
  • Never jump over the divider railings. You may tumble on to the traffic.
  • Always hold hands of children while crossing the road.
  • Avoid using roads for morning walks and jogging.
  • Take extra care if you have to cross the road on or near a crest or curve.
  • Avoid crossing road between parked cars.
  • Crossing road by the shortest and most direct route reduces your time on road.

Teaching your child safe crossing behavior

  • Do not overestimate your child. It is important to teach your child from an early age to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK before crossing.
  • STOP one step back from the kerb.
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic. Encourage your child to turn his head, looking in all directions - not just left and right.
  • LISTEN for approaching traffic.
  • THINK whether it is safe to cross. Make an eye contact with drivers to ensure that they have seen you.

Safer Cycling Tips for Cyclist
As bicycle is the most popular and widely used non-motorized vehicle, a cyclist should know the traffic rules. Almost 40 percent of injuries & fatalities of cyclists happen to children below 16 years. Never learn cycling on public roads. Learn it in safe r places like park s or play grounds in the presence of an adult. Your knowledge of cycling is incomplete, if you do not know the basics of road safety
 
Always:

  • Keep cycle in working condition. Check brakes, tyre, air pressure, bell light and chain before you ride it.
  • Obey traffic signals. While taking turns watch out for traffic and give signal by hand.
  • Do not overload. Cycle is for one and maximum for two.
  • Move on the left side of the road.
  • Avoid overtaking. Be in single file if the road is narrow.
  • No acrobatics on road, keep both hands on the handle bar.
  • If available use only cycle tracks.
  • Remain constantly alert on the roads.
  • Wear bright clothes and have bright light at night.
  • Use reflective tape on cycle to make it visible at night.

Driving Under Special Conditions
 
Fog
While driving in fog, reduce speed and turn headlights on. Always keep headlight on low beam mode, so hat you can see road properly. The high beam does not help in fog as one cannot see through fog. If your vehicle has fog lamps turn them on . While in fog, not only seeing is important, but also being seen is import ant. Always be attentive and take some precautions as follows:
 

  • Always drive slowing fog
  • Turn on your headlights and keep them in low beam mode
  • Make sure that you are seen. Turn on your fog lamps and parking lights
  • Use defroster and windscreen wipers
  • Always keep safe distance between vehicles
  • If it is really impossible to drive pull off completely and keep your blinkers on

 
Hill Driving

Hill driving is difficult task and should be undertaken by experienced and apt drivers. Hill driving is different from driving in plain areas due to complex topography. Roads are designed differently in hills. The view of driver is restricted due to innumerous turns and suffers more fatigue due to excessive maneuvering of vehicle.

While driving on hill, driver should take care about following points:
 

  • If you are not apt driver, do not drive on hilly roads.
  • Always follow the speed limits and reduce speed at turns.
  • Always be attentive and avoid distractions like car stereos etc.
  • Always give priority to uphill traffic by giving it way.
  • Never drive in hills under the influence of alcohol.
  • Do not overtake on turns, curves and bridges.
  • Do not overload the vehicle.
  • Avoid using clutch pedal at turns and hairpin bend s. Do not run vehicle on neutral while driving down hill.
  • Always blow horn on turns.
  • Always check the vehicle specially brakes and tyres before starting hill Journey.

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