No road adventure comes without its safety concerns, but driving in India is especially dangerous. Because of the millions of people using the roads every day, from motorbikes and bicycles to trucks and taxis, there is little room to manoeuvre, so if you’re travelling fast with little time to react, even the smallest bump can prove to be fatal.
Even if you’re not driving a car, you must always be aware what motor vehicles are around you. Motorbikes frequently ride on the sidewalks if there is no space on the roads, and you’ll be lucky to find a taxi with a seat belt. Here are a few tips by cheapflights.com.au on how to keep safe on India’s roads this summer.
When it comes to Indian roads, the rules are very simple – there are no rules! Unlike European road regulations, India fails to implement safety laws regarding driving, or any driving laws that people actually follow, so the roads are a very dangerous place to be.
Cars frequently drive on the wrong side of the road, skip red lights, fail to indicate and even take to the pavement if it means getting to a destination quicker. Divers aren’t even required by law to wear seat belts, and most of the taxis in India don’t have seat belts anyway!