DRIVING SAFETY :
DOs and DONTs :-
- No lights other than those permitted in the Motor Vehicles Rules can be fitted on the vehicle. This includes spotlights, searchlights, mercury lamps, moving lights and fancy lights. Dome lights are also not permitted unless specifically authorised.
- No red light can be fitted anywhere such that they are visible from the front.
- Only red lights and white reverse lights are allowed as visible from behind. During the night, the license plate of a car must be illuminated by a light.
- All vehicles must have Hazard lights or Parking lights.
- All vehicles must have rear-view mirrors. These must be fitted externally in transport vehicles.
- The use of cellular phones is prohibited while driving.
- No TV/Video display is allowed in a vehicle where it may be a disturbance to the driver.
- No multitone horns can be fitted onto a vehicle. Also, horns producing musical notes, unduly harsh, shrill or alarming noises are also prohibited.
- The glasses of the front and rear windscreen should be such that the visual transmission of light is not less than 70% and in case of side windows, it should not be less than 50%.The thumb rule is that they permit clear vision from inside to outside, and outside to inside.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL :
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in India. In the event of an accident in such a condition, the law deals with offenders with great severity.The punishment is fine and/or imprisonment upto 6 months, and the driving license is suspended for at least six months.
- Drunken driving is also one of the main reasons for vehicle accidents and is among the biggest life-takers on Indian roads.
- Alcohol goes from the stomach straight to the blood stream. The body takes about an hour to rid itself of one drink - this means that if one drinks at a rate faster than that, the alcohol content in the body will soon exceed tolerable limits.
- As the quantity of alcohol in the bloodstream rises, the brain is affected, and the sense of judgement is skewered. At higher levels of intoxication, there are muscle control problems, vision blurrings, and finally a complete loss of physical co-ordination facilities. Given these facts, driving, even at low alcohol levels can be very dangerous.
DID YOU KNOW??
- The Misconception : Alcohol increases your ability to drive.
- The Truth : Alcohol makes you less alert and will reduce your ability to drive safely.
- The Misconception : Some people drink a lot and don't get affected by it.
- The Truth : Everyone who drinks is affected by it.
- The Misconception : If you eat a lot first, you will not get drunk.
- The Truth : Food will slow down the effects of alcohol but will not prevent them.
- The Misconception : Coffee and a bit of fresh air will help a drinker sober up.
- The Truth : Only time helps a drinker sober up, other methods just do not work.
- The Misconception : Stick with beer - it is not as strong as whisky.
- The Truth : A few beers are the same as a few pegs or a few glasses of wine.