India’s roads are littered with signs warning motorists to keep their eyes peeled for signs of road accidents and other hazards.
The country has also recently seen a surge in road accidents, including a recent crash that killed a young woman.
But many Indian drivers are not aware of these signs, which are commonly displayed in the city of Cali.
We asked a few of our friends how to stay healthy and safe on India’s great roads.
Know your surroundings.
India is the world’s second-largest automobile market, with some 3.5 billion vehicles registered in 2016, according to the Indian National Highway Authority (INHRA).
In the state of Punjab, where many people commute daily, the number of accidents is so high that it has even been dubbed the world capital of road crashes.
In Punjab, traffic deaths have increased by more than 20 percent this year, to almost 4,000.
Be mindful of the traffic lights.
A few weeks ago, I was traveling down a highway in Cali, when the traffic light for the road to the north changed to green.
It was at this point, that I had a terrible realization.
My mind raced, thinking how could I not be aware of the red traffic light?
The problem is, the red light is a very sensitive indicator of accidents.
It is not unusual for drivers to look at it for a few seconds before they make their turn, and it is a red light for a reason.
Take heed of your surroundings in a traffic jam.
The number of road traffic deaths has skyrocketed in the past two years, as a result of the increased presence of people in India during the peak tourist season.
Drivers who are not paying attention to traffic signals or looking out for other road users in the jam are at greater risk of colliding with a vehicle or an object on the road.
Learn the rules of the road and know your rights.
While there are many signs to keep drivers safe, the most important thing to do is to learn the law of the roads and make sure you understand them.
For instance, many Indians don’t understand the difference between a right of way and a right to travel.
Never leave the roadway unattended.
There are several signs around India that can be a useful tool to keep people safe.
It is best to park in the shade or at a safe distance away from the roadway to avoid being hit by a vehicle.
Avoid parking in traffic.
Vehicles can be parked in the middle of the street or even on the shoulder, where they could get into a dangerous collision with a pedestrian.
Don’t use the speed limit.
Speed limits in India are often higher than the speed that a normal vehicle can run.
Motorists should be aware that there is no law against overtaking.
Make sure you keep your distance.
One of the best ways to stay away from a vehicle is to park your vehicle a few feet from it. 9.
Check your surroundings before and after you cross the road, and always check for any hazards on the roadway.
Stay in control of your actions.
When a vehicle comes to a stop on the highway, drivers are encouraged to make a U-turn and speed up or slow down.
Pay attention to the road signs.
Many Indian drivers have their eyes trained on the lights of the vehicles that they are traveling with.
Look out for your own safety.
Always stay on the side of the highway that is closest to you, and take extra precautions when crossing.
Consider wearing a helmet.
Studies have shown that the use of a helmet helps reduce injuries and fatalities, and is considered a major safety feature in India.
Get yourself some sunscreen and use the sun protection in the sun.
Sun protection is a great way to stay out of the sun and protect your eyes and skin from the harmful UV rays that can cause eye irritation.
Keep an eye out for accidents.
Traffic accidents are a very serious problem in India, and one that is getting worse by the day.
Indian roads are plagued by accidents at a staggering rate, with 1,700 road traffic fatalities reported in 2016.
With more and more vehicles moving along the highways, there are fewer and fewer drivers who are aware of their surroundings.
Make the most of your time in India by being mindful of what you are doing and how you are driving, and keep an eye on the signs that you are traveling.
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