Skull Candy Headphones, coming over...
June 21, 2013
Today is the day, my daughter turns 18. She will finally be a Major.
Today is the day she embraces adulthood and its responsibilities.
Today is the day, we'll open a separate bank - account for her, without the 'Under Guardianship' tag, among other surprises.
Above all, four days from now, her Driving Lessons begin.
June 25, 2013 is going to be a big day.
In a country like India, and especially in a city like New Delhi, it is a herculean task to maneuver through the roads, safe and sound.
Stepping out on Delhi roads, with their automobile, is bothersome for everyone, and road safety is of utmost importance for times when you are behind the wheel.
One has to learn to master the skill of careful, disciplined and safe driving, over the years. After all, Practice Makes Perfect.
So, when it comes to her, and the factor of Road Safety, I will make sure she learns to make the right moves on the road, because for my family and myself...
I'll write to you, after I train her properly. Bye for now, Dear Diary. :)
Let us begin with the training, shall we?
This Safety Driving MasterClass stars two leading ladies...
Yours Truly, and...
The basics of Road Mannerisms are something you must be thorough with. Those are the rules which have been repeated ever since you were a kid.
- The Red - Yellow - Green Guideline. Red to Stop, Yellow to Wait, Green to Go. The colors must be well coordinated and must not be jumbled up, by a careless you, at any cost.
- The Seat - belt is a must at all times. The belt that holds you back, is for your own good.
- Never talk on the phone, while behind the wheel. The Phone A Friend may as well end your lifeline.
- For everyone out there, Drinking and Driving do NOT form a miscible solution, at any time, and at any cost, whatsoever.
- Do not resort to unfair means, for you are attempting the Exam of Life. Obey the law at all times. If you don't, the consequences will be grave, at all times.
- Keep to your left. Allow traffic in the opposite direction to pass you on the right. Overtake only on the right. Overtaking on the left is permitted only when the vehicle in front is about to turn right.
- When being overtaken or passed by another vehicle, do not increase your speed or try and prevent the other vehicle.
- Slow down when approaching intersections, road junctions or road corners. Enter the intersection or junction, carefully.
- When entering a main road from a junction, give way to other vehicles, proceeding along the main road.
- Drive slowly when passing a procession, or when passing road repairs.
- When turning to the left, drive close to the left hand side of the road.
- When turning to the right, draw to the center of the road, stop at the intersection, if necessary, then move to the left hand side of the road you're about to enter.
- The Sprinter :- You've seen him often. But just barely. In rush-hour traffic, he will sprint across the road, expecting YOU to SLOW DOWN.
- The Genie :- Pass a stationary or slow moving vehicle, and he will spring out at you, before either of you can see other. Sometimes a Genie may be a young kid in hurry to get across, or an office worker, stepping out from behind a bus. SLOW DOWN when passing such a vehicle.
- Houdini :- He thinks he can emerge from any engrossing situation. You will find him in the middle of traffic, trying to escape to the other side, by squeezing himself between cars.
- The Spook :- He steps out for a stroll at night. He is beyond your field of view. If you wish to have a ghost encounter, you must stop within the distance you can see.
- Answering Machine :- He carries his conversation onto the road, even while crossing. His is a one-track mind, and it is NOT on the traffic. Wield your horn and give him plenty of room.
- The Band Of Merry Men :- The biggest problem on the road can be the 'tiny tots'. Chasing the cricket ball, across the road is their favorite activity. SLOW DOWN whenever you see them, and give them room.
If we all make a promise to ourselves, that we'll abide by these guidelines to the best of all abilities and at all times, India can be made motorist - friendly and the roads would be safer to drive on, for sure.
The content for this post has been referred to from a 'Defensive Driving for Safer Motoring' guide issued by the Traffic Police of Delhi, procured by me, 15 years back, from the Traffic Park, New Delhi. The images on the blog, carrying the watermark, have also been sourced from the same.
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