Driving on highways: Violation of traffic rules a major safety concern

Speed limits are a joke and people are standing on the road trying to find transport.

BHPian Surya_bh00 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Yesterday, I drove from Pune to Bangalore and it has been some time since I have been on the highways.

My observations:

  • Speed limits are a joke – Both the parties, Road users and NHAI/Traffic Police are to be blamed. For one, the speed limits change so quickly that there is no point in even placing those sign boards. On the part of drivers, the limits look like a target to exceed!! I have seen, irrespective of the car size or capability, a large number of drivers are way past 100 Kmph speed.
  • The whole stretch between Pune and Hubli is strewn with trucks – some moving at a snail’s pace and some trying to overtake them leaving almost no space for the other drivers. With very clear sign boards saying that trucks should keep to the extreme left lane, they don’t and I can understand why they cannot! Most of them are overloaded beyond their capability and they are dragging themselves leaving others to find some way to overtake.
  • In some places, it is even worse that people are standing on the highway trying to find transport. It is a pity that they have to risk their life to catch a ride!

Overall it is quite depressing to drive and witness how drivers abuse, violate every rule in the book and have no concern for the safety of others, forget about themselves.

Here’s what BHPian sumukha had to say about the matter:

I totally agree. Had a similar experience yesterday. Driving on Bengaluru Mysore highway in my BMW 730 ld, following strictly the 100-80-60 Kms speed limit looked so foolish when even smaller vehicles like Maruti zipped fast doing 120+. Some even looked back at me while overtaking and grinning. No one was maintaining lane discipline. No signal while changing lanes.

Here’s what BHPian shankar.balan had to say about the matter:

Just a mere step away from Anarchy.

I’m pretty sure the truck drivers cannot read the signs saying “keep left”. Also, they canโ€™t keep left because there is always someone or something blocking the way.

What to do. I think, in India, at least, we just have to live with it. We are a notoriously indisciplined lot. Coupled with a wonderful sense of โ€˜entitlementโ€™. No way things are going to change in a hurry here.

Check out BHPian comments for more insights and information.

Source: Read Full Article