The traffic rules people follow are way different from the actual Indian traffic rules. Traffic rules and regulations are a must follow but, who cares!! Some people will always be a lunatic and break the rules. Traffic rules and regulations have two guidelines for the Indian roads – “Not to Hit” while driving and “Not to Get Hit.”
Indian Traffic Rules v/s Traffic Rules People Follow – They are all Meant to Be Broken
1. The Rule Says Never Break Signals
As per the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, it is illegal to break traffic signals, when it is red. However, in India, you have to perceive things differently, here you break traffic signals only when:
- You are in a real hurry.
- You do not want to obey.
- The car in front of you does not obey.
2. The Rule Says Never Overtake
The traffic rule says not to overtake on a busy road as it is not safe. However, as usual, the Indian drivers are not going to listen. Overtaking in India is like culture, it is like – you overtake the one in front of you, then the one behind you overtakes you and then the one you overtook, overtakes you back again and then the sequence is repeated with different cars. There is no specific reason for this behavior.
3. Putting on the Helmet
You must wear helmets while you ride two wheelers in India. But, the traffic rules that few Indians follow won’t make you feel that at all. Here are when Indian riders use helmet:
- Near the major traffic points.
- If you are going for a photography session with your racing suit on.
- When you need a place to keep your sunglasses and other accessories.
- If you don’t want your friends to see you with your new girlfriend.
- And, of course, when it’s winter.
4. How effective is honking?
As a matter of fact, honking or blowing horn from behind is how one must ask for a way. However, when it comes to the Indian traffic, horns are blown only:
- When you want to pass.
- When you want someone to let you pass.
- Just when you saw someone being a jerk.
- If you think the car in front of you is driving slow.
- To alert all the driver 5 seconds before the red light turns green.
- When you are riding on the wrong side.
- The moment you realize that it has been ages since you heard your horn.
5. The Limit of Passengers on a Public Transport
As a matter of fact, as per the Indian Traffic Rules, there is a limited number of passengers allowed in public transport vehicles. However, three things you must know when you use the public transports in most Indian cities, especially the small towns:
- You might realize a person sitting on your lap, must allow.
- You might have to sit on 1/3 of the seat left in the auto because the “auto walla” has already taken double the capacity of the vehicle.
- In an Indian public transport, you will have the opportunity to feel like the intermolecular space of a solid, and along with that, you get to swing as the driver breaks the speed limit and showcase his driving skills.
There are exactly no rules for the cyclists as cycles are non-motorised vehicles. However, a cyclist must pray God before he leave his house. Because there is no other way out. He can get hit at any uncertain moment and uncertain situations. On the other hand, the cyclist can:
- cross the road at any given point.
- You might find a cyclist ride in leisure in the middle of a highway.
- they grab the privilege of a super compact vehicle at the train crossings.
7. Large Vehicles and Small Vehicles
Like most of the countries, India also has the rule that a large vehicle should give way to small vehicles. However, according to the people’s traffic rule in India, this is what we do if we own a car:
- Give way to any large vehicle behind you until you want to get “sandwiched.”
- If you wish to overtake any large vehicles, it is better to notify the truck driver and wait for his positive response, if in doubt, honk, honk, honk!
- Never take the routes, where you see too many large vehicles. Truck overtaking trucks causes the jam.
8. Driving on the Wrong Side
The importance of traffic rules in our daily life could be important, and it is also the most basic law. However, you must visit few places in India where you can watch people hustling down the wrong side, to save 500 meters of extra distance as if they have just saved the world’s ecosystem by doing that. Here is how to drive through the wrong side:
- Take the wrong side to skip traffic jam, if you get sandwiched, no one is to be blamed.
- It is a shortcut, even when you know the U-turn is just 250 meters away.
9. Protecting Accident Victims
The traffic rules of the road do say that you must help any victims who have encountered an accident. But here the Indian public doesn’t consider that a help but a trouble. Here is what happens inside the human mind when they see accidents:
- useless police troubles.
- lots of negative assumptions.
- if it is a highway, it might be a trick for looting.
- what if lots of money gets wasted
- what if the person dies on the way
And, at the end of this, there is only one thing you should know:
- 400 people die every day in a road accident.
- Road accidents cause 7 times more death than that of criminal attacks.
- Road crash death amounts to two Mumbai 26/11 attacks EVERY DAY.
- Indian Road Safety does not meet WHO standards.
Follow Traffic Rules – it’s the Only Thing That Won’t Get You Killed! Drive Safe!