Thursday, August 2, 2012

Why is Driving on Indian Roads Risky?

I think one of the hallmarks of good driving is safe driving. Driving on Indian roads, however, is an experience which can be scary. And as one would realize it in no time, it's not safe at all.

Why is driving on Indian roads risky? Based on my experience here are some observations on this:
  • Diversity of vehicles on the roads -both slow and fast moving vehicles share the road space leading to chaotic conditions
  • Scant respect of lane discipline - drivers change from one to another lane like a "random variable" putting the other road users at grave risk
  • Lack of awareness of traffic rules - drivers don't know many traffic rules
  • Disregard of traffic rules - drivers don't show any consideration for traffic rules
  • Urge to stay ahead of others - drivers carry their egos on the road.

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