Roads are lifelines of economic development of a country. Due to the increase in the density of roads in the recent time, road safety has come to the fore. Indian roads are over crowded with various types of vehicles ---- car, buses, trucks and tractors along with bicycles, rickshaws, motorcycles and pedestrians. Even street vendors and roadside stalls have encroached major portions of the road making it narrower. With so many vehicles and commuters, it is imperative to design rules. It is important for us to learn to use the roads properly and safely by following the rules.
Traffic rules and regulations are formulated so that the commuters obey them while using the roads. They provide structured and controlled measures that a commuter needs to take on the roads to reach his or her destination safely.
Traffic signals are a significant part of traffic rules and regulations. Every commuter faces traffic signals while on the road and must follow them in order to be safe. Traffic signals are installed at road intersections and at pedestrian crossings. Intersections are very important junction points and if the traffic flow is not regulated then accidents, collisions and traffic congestion can happen. The traffic signals use a definite color representation system with a vertical display of lights. Indian traffic signals have three primary colors--- red, orange and green. Red means to stop; orange means to start the vehicle and get ready and green gives permission to go. While following the traffic signals, there are few more rules that we must keep in our mind.
You must be a responsible driver behind the wheels so it is very important to have a valid driving license. You must undergo the necessary training that educates about road safety rules and regulations. Driving tests are conducted at the RTOs to check your eligibility for driving.
The commuter should always be on the left side of the road while leaving or entering to make way for the approaching vehicles.
You must also be on the left side to make way for emergencies or other vehicles coming from behind at a high speed like ambulance or police vehicles.
You must not approach a road from the wrong side. Driving suddenly from the wrong side might cause fatal consequences. It is advised to look for any approaching vehicles.
A driver must wear all safety gears required for the vehicle. Commuters on motorcycles must compulsorily wear helmets and seatbelts while in the cars. Wearing safety gears could be all the difference between life and death.
Pedestrians on foot are the most vulnerable commuters of the roads. They depend on the drivers behind the wheels for their safety. A negligent driver can collide with the pedestrian crossing the road or waiting at the bus stop. While daily commuting, you must always make way for the pedestrians at the zebra crossing or other spots.
You must never drink and drive. A drunken driver not only risks his life but also the lives of others on the road. Drinking hinders the ability of the drivers to make decisions or foresee the consequences.
You must lower the speed of vehicles while turning. Over speeding during taking turns can topple the vehicle.
Wrong parking is illegal. You should park only at the designated parking spots to prevent congestion on the roads.
You should honk only if it is an absolute need to prevent noise pollution. There should be adequate distance between two vehicles to avoid collision. You must not apply brakes suddenly.
Traffic rules play a very vital role while commuting on the roads to ensure safety. You must not flout the rules to reach your destination quickly. Make right decisions while commuting because it is not just your life at risk but the lives of others also. One wrong step can cause a fatal consequence.
1. Why Are Traffic Rules So Important?
Traffic rules are important so that commuters reach their destination safely and there is no congestion on the roads.
2. What Are The Colors In The Traffic Signals Signifying?
There are three primary colors in traffic signals. Red, orange and green. Red means to stop; orange means to get ready and green means to wade off.
3. Why Should You Maintain A Moderate Speed On The Roads?
You should maintain a moderate speed on the road so that the vehicle is under your control and you can stop the car whenever required without colliding into other vehicles.
4. Why is It Not Safe To Drive When Drunk?
It is not safe to drive when drunk because drinking hampers the ability of the driver to make right decisions and foresee the consequences on the road.