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10 Basic Traffic Tips for Beginners

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The excitement of learning to drive and acquiring a driving license can vanish quickly if a new driver is repeatedly caught by the traffic police. To avoid this, here are 10 most basic traffic tips for new drivers:

#1 Documents

Many new drivers are not aware about which documents are to be carried along while driving. Only when they are stopped by a traffic police officer, they realize that it is necessary to carry other documents along with the driving license.


To drive a car anywhere in India, a driver needs to carry the driving license, Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate, Insurance, and Registration Certificate or RC book of the car. It is a rule to carry these documents as per the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 which describes Indian traffic rules and fines.

#2 Keep Left

In India, we have right-hand drive cars. However, one needs to keep left while driving the vehicle. Along with that, it is important to observe lane discipline. This will reduce the chances of accidents to a great extent.   

#3 Use Indicators

Using  indicators while changing lanes or taking turns is of utmost importance. Along with taking a look at the mirrors, one should also indicate the direction in which they want to move the vehicle. This is one of the good practices of driving and helps in reducing accidents.

#4 Safety

Along with driving safe, one also needs to take safety measures while driving. Not wearing a seatbelt is a violation of traffic rules in India. Also, you should keep a distance equal to the length of two cars between the car plying in front of you.

#5 Make Way for Emergency Vehicles

It is obvious for new drivers to get confused if they hear a loud siren near their vehicle. In such a situation, one should immediately make way for the emergency vehicle to pass. But, without panicking. If a driver panics, there are chances of more accidents.

#6 Parking

It is the responsibility of a driver to park the car at a safe place. This means the parked car should not create obstructions to other vehicles or people. If a driver wishes to park a car he/she should first give indicators and then slowly move to the side of the road after ensuring the absence of an approaching vehicle.

#7 Towing

If a car is parked in a no parking area, it will be taken into the custody of traffic police. The vehicle will be towed to the beat chowki. You will find the details written on the road where you had parked the car. Visit the chowki to pay fines and collect your vehicle.

#8 Zebra Crossing

If pedestrians are crossing the road with the help of zebra crossing, drivers need to stop their cars. This will allow them to cross the road safely.

#9 Alertness

A driver is supposed to be fully alert while driving a vehicle. Under no condition should a driver deviate attention from driving. This is why, it is an offense to drive under the influence of intoxicating substances. Doing so could result in major accidents which could prove to be fatal to the driver as well as others.

#10 Honking

Honking adds to noise pollution. One should honk only when absolutely necessary. Also, honking in a silence zone is an offense according to traffic rules in India and will attract a fine.

The Bottom Line

Attentiveness and knowledge of traffic rules will be very helpful while driving a vehicle. Driving safe and following safety measures will avoid accidents to a great extent.

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