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Traffic Rules in India and their Importance

Traffic Rules in India and their Importance
Traffic Rules in India and their Importance

Administration of each and every country is accountable for providing a smooth traffic and roads on which that traffic run. Some of the responsibilities of government include clearing up jams, keeping an account of registered and unregistered motor vehicles, collecting fines by individuals for not obeying traffic rules and controlling pollution to name a few. But these are worldwide rules and regulations that everyone must follow. As said before every country needs to keep an eye upon traffic and rules, so let’s see what our own country has onto them.

These rules are made best to suit every Indian citizen even though its tough work to execute these in such a huge country but not impossible. The first and foremost rule is keeping the left side.   In India, driving must be done adjacent to the left side. Passing or overtaking in the same direction is restricted in some situation like if the passing puts other people in trouble if other vehicle is coming from other side or even if you see the driver in front of you overtaking another vehicle. When some other person overtakes you, you should never increase your speed (no race is going on, so chill!). Intersections are the point at which many are vulnerable to accidents, so the driver of any vehicle should go slow, blow the horn and drive carefully around these accident-prone intersections.

Driving on Indian roads is not an easy task keeping in mind the potholes and all another kind of things that can restrict the driving. We have seen in the above paragraph some written traffic rules but some rules are just learned when you get a first-hand experience on Indian roads. When you get such experience, you will feel that driving in India is funny. The first unwritten rule is beware of special cars which have flags of a local political party because drivers in them think they can do whatever with that car from installing extra frustrating loud horns to reckless cutting in traffic as if that party flag is making them above everyone else. And also, traffic police can face consequences if they ever stop them, just for information. Be careful about such vehicles. Slower moving trucks often drive on the right lane of the road and you must overtake them from the wrong side because if you wouldn’t you would be considered fool by others.

And the most frustrating is that many people here don’t follow rules because either they are in hurry or they are not interested. Some just jump red light like red means go in their own dictionary of traffic rules. If one person jumps red light, suddenly all of the vehicles will until someone stops them (or one of those vehicles hit somebody).

Traffic rules are made to keep the drivers away from as much harm as possible and this is the utmost importance of them. These rules just don’t protect your life but also keeps you away from taking away anyone else’s. If, as a citizen, we are not following them, we are putting many lives at stake including ourselves. Seeing the statistics of road crashes at, an alarming, 1214 crashes daily, it becomes important for everyone behind the wheel to strictly obey traffic rules. And that’s why road safety rules are important to prevent accidents.

Bottom-line is that we all know the traffic rules and its importance in our lives but for some reasons, we tend to not follow them with the discipline we need to and it may look harmless but we never know when it turns out to be dangerous and even life-taking. Some personal advice is don’t get distracted on roads, whether it’s a call or message, you can always see them later and if you think it’s important to take a call, stop the vehicle at the leftmost lane and then pick up the call. Another is to keep the mechanics of your vehicle checked regularly. If we all start to obey the rules set up and made for our own safety, we can make the roads much safer and also feel good about following rules and being a good and law-abiding citizen.

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