The amount of time we spend travelling for our regular commute has grown significantly in the last few years, especially in larger cities. The increased time spent on the road means more interactions with various drivers such as an auto rickshaw driver, bus driver, cab driver and even riders. Every person has their own driving style and that is largely influenced by his/ her upbringing and knowledge of traffic rules. At times, one may come across many interesting drivers who might just cheer up your mundane office commute. Other drivers on road can at times be irritating and annoying and on an unfortunate day, one might even bump into a careless or dangerous driver. We all fall under at least one of these categories of drivers, which we have listed down. Read further to know which category you fall under and how many other people can you think of and which categories do they fall under?
The Road Runner (Beep, Beep)
These types of drivers are ones who are always in a hurry as if they have to finish a race or maybe, playing a video game or maybe have a persistent need to answer nature's call. They will pass by in a jiffy and make their own way despite heavy traffic or narrow lanes by cutting across lanes and forcing their way in narrow gaps. They not only risk their lives, but endanger others too by exceeding the speed limit and driving in a rash manner. This kind of drivers most frequently break traffic rules by jumping the signal or stopping on or ahead of the zebra crossing. The insensitivity of such people can be seen when they are frequently found following an Ambulance or fire truck in order to save a few minutes.
Slow and steady wins the race, really!
These slow ones drive slowly and carefully and yes, we know that Tortoise won against the Rabbit but that was in a story. There are drivers who literally drive like a Tortoise on the road as they examine the traffic and make their move accordingly and mostly don't move despite enough space ahead of them and even press the brakes unnecessarily on highways. This, in turn, irritates the one motorists behind them and can also lead to a collision as being stuck behind a slow moving car can be quite annoying. The funny part is that they drive so slowly that even cyclists pass by them. There is no need to drive, you can walk down! However, it is good to drive slowly and carefully, but that does not mean you block other's way and driving slowly in the right most lane only proves your lack of knowledge about traffic rules and a shortage of common sense too.
The distracted ones
Finding drivers of this type isn't much of a task and one does come across them regularly these days. In the middle of the road, they check their cell phone, chat with co-driver or other passengers without focusing on the road. At times, these drivers have the rear view mirror turned towards themselves so at a time when they should be seeing the traffic behind them, they are busy admiring their face in the mirror. Getting distracted while driving can be dangerous for you as well as others, leading to collisions and then arguments and of course, road blocks with never ending traffic jam. Not just this, there are some social media fans too, who in the middle of the traffic, check their Facebook and other social media apps. Guys, you are not driving alone on the road! If not for yourself, care for others. Facebook can wait for you, but life won't give you a second chance in the case of a serious mishap.
The loud ones
The loud ones consist of drivers who honk as soon as the traffic signal turns green as their frequency of using horn seems to be in co-relation with the speed of the vehicle. The other type of loud drivers includes the 'DJ wale babus', who play loud music with all windows rolled down. Nobody is interested in listening to your favourite music/song.
The nervous ones
These drivers are of two types - one who lack confidence in their driving skills and the ones who are new learners. They don't know when to speed up and when to slow down and get intimidated by seeing merging traffic. Panicking can also be dangerous and can lead to a bad decision on the road bringing the traffic to a halt. Relax and make sure you drive carefully and confidently to avoid any accidents. People who need to learn driving should first join a driving school and then practice on empty roads in non-rush hours.
The sensible ones
The rational or sensible drivers know their limits and drive according to the traffic conditions with an appropriate speed limit, concentration and experience. They also maintain a safe distance between the vehicle ahead and thus, have less fatal accidents. However, there are very few such drivers we see on roads.
Irrespective of the category you or your friends may fall under, it is everyone's duty to make the roads safer. With India having the highest road fatality rate in the world, it's a responsibility for each road-user to respect the safety and space of other road users. Only by doing so we can ensure the untimely loss of lives can be reduced and our future generations can enjoy safer mobility.
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