Auto-maker Chevrolet recently commissioned a study on road accidents in Mumbai, conducted by Nielsen and ValueNotes. It found that ‘driving during rains’ is considered one of the worst driving scenarios by Mumbaikars (50%), followed by driving in the dark/night (22%). The study also found that South zone of Mumbai experienced the lowest number of road accidents between January 2014 and April 2016 (the period for which the data has been collected). The top three common concerns faced by respondents during rains are poor road conditions like potholes, open manholes, slippery roads (65%); over-speeding or rash driving (63%); and drunk driving (54%).
Chevrolet India said that the survey gathered some of the most relevant information on the reasons for road accidents, especially in monsoon, and what steps have been taken by the traffic police to reduce accidents. “The survey also helped us understand what the traffic police expects from private companies to reduce road accidents in Mumbai,” the company said in a statement.
Here are some of the key findings from the study.
Top reasons for road accidents in the rainy season:
—Drivers not being able to adjust to the changed road conditions, especially during the first few showers;
—Inability to see potholes due to water-logging, leading to loss of control over the vehicle;
—Bad road conditions;
—Poor visibility of road signs.
Steps taken by the traffic police to reduce accidents in Mumbai:
—Correcting the engineering of roads, especially in cases where the turns are too narrow; repairing potholes; cleaning of oil spill and gravel on the roads after the first rains on major accident-prone places;
—Adding speed-breakers and signals on wide roads where speeding is common;
—Resurfacing or rebuilding roads which have become too smooth or slippery due to overuse;
—Regularly setting up blockades to penalise traffic offenders and installing relevant signs and boards on all roads.
Steps citizens/companies can take to help reduce road accidents in Mumbai:
—Companies can repaint road discipline lines and repair various traffic-rule boards;
—Companies can provide traffic wardens; citizens can act as traffic wardens;
—Companies can use various mediums like pamphlets, videos to educate people about following traffic rules;
—Companies can manage travel times effectively so that there is no hurry to reach a destination.
Mumbaikars must keep in mind the following pointers:
—North and West zones experienced the highest number of accidents in Mumbai between January 2014 and April 2016;
—As many as 40% of car accidents are side impact collisions;
—In 2015, the maximum road accidents occurred between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm;
—Two-wheeler accidents have increased by over two-thirds (67.14%) in 2015 over 2014.
DCP (Traffic HQ), Worli, has provided some advise to drivers in Mumbai: “It is important to remember that roads are dynamic environments, i.e. there can be new speed-breakers or potholes at different spots on different days, including pedestrian interferences. Hence, even on familiar routes, drivers should be very cautious while driving, especially during monsoon. The Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway are more prone to accidents during the rains.”
TABLE: Top accident-prone areas from each zone, with the number of accidents: