Safe and Responsible Driving

Driving Along

Be alert to the traffic around you as you drive. Make a routine of looking behind and from side by checking your mirrors every few seconds. Check your blind spots by turning your head to look over your shoulder. Try to keep other vehicles out of your blind spot by changing your speed and try not to drive in other vehicles' blind spots. Be extra alert at dawn and dusk when drivers have problem adjusting to the changing light.

Keep some space around your vehicle. Anticipate other vehicles' movements and make allowances for possible errors. Slow moving vehicles especially cycles, rickshaws, carts have the tendency to turn without giving signal or signalling at a very short notice. Watch out for people in parked vehicles — they may be about to pull out in front of you or may open the door without noticing your vehicle.

Steer Smoothly

Steering should be smooth and precise. Do most steering and lane changing having both hands on the steering wheel. You should try to steer in a straight line while shifting gears, adjusting controls or checking your blind spot.

Imagining the steering wheel as a clock, keep your hands at nine o’clock and three o’clock or at ten o’clock and two o’clock. This gives you better control while driving.

Cars with air bags: Keep your hands at nine o’clock and three o’clock otherwise air bag can cause injuries.

Keep to the left

Keep to the left of the road or in the left-hand lane on multi-lane roads unless you want to turn right or want to overtake another vehicle.

Use Indicator Signals

Indicators inform other drivers what you want to do so they can make adjustments accordingly. Use your indicators and brake lights to signal before turning, changing lanes, slowing down, leaving the road or coming out of a parking area. Give the correct indication well before your manoeuvre and ensure other drivers can see it. Check that the way is clear before you act — giving indication does not mean the road is clear.

Roundabout

On entering a roundabout: Before entering a roundabout, you must indicate a left or right-hand turn for at least five seconds if you intend making a turn from the roundabout.


On leaving a roundabout: When leaving a roundabout, whether you are turning left, right or going straight ahead, you must always indicate when you are about to exit.