The drive for a change in the way we use our roads

Adhiraj Joglekar, a Chennai Metblog reader, saw the post titled ‘When will we take traffic management and road discipline seriously’ and decided to act. His response was a very practical one. He posted a comment with a link to site aimed at educating drivers how to drive safely. The full text of his comment, as well as the link to the site is reproduced for your convenience. However, the site offers videos on safe driving under various topics such as ‘The zebra belongs to pedestrians’, and therefore is best viewed on a good broadband connection. Thank you Adhiraj for your contribution. I may add that it seems the site has been created by him for the common good. Way to go Adhiraj!

‘Much of the world wide web is full of sarcasm & mocking of driving on Indian roads. This site has been created with the purpose of providing driver education and training rather than criticism.

At present 17 driver education videos aimed at changing the driving culture on Indian roads are available. To watch the videos, please visit:

Please publish / forward this link and help change the driving culture on our roads

The videos cover the following topics:

Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spots
Video 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and Manoeuvre
Video 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line
Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns
Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestrians
Video 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)
Video 7: Merging with the Main road
Video 8: Leaving The Main Road
Video 9: Never Cut Corners
Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads
Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with Roundabouts
Video 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule
Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking
Video 14: Low beam or high beam?
Video 15: Parallel (reverse parking) made easy
Video 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a car
Video 17: Dealing with in-car condensation’

Please tell your friends and relatives about this site, as well as those who are learning to drive. The more people who are exposed to this, the better!

8 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Great job David & Athiraj. i too use my mirrors, take steps to prevent in car condesation , and maintain my high/low beam and car parking discipline. Although I am a bit of an idealist and try and follow as many rules as possible while driving to work. But in reality i find it almost impossible to follow the rules impeccably

    if you have to denominate the distance between NGBK and OMR into 60 Minutes… i would say i spend 45 minutes bending the traffic laws to their indian best!

    i am forced to cut lanes, push my way through an intersection and whatever else and then negotiate through hundreds of situations, which actually actually take good use of my engineering mathematics. If i were to be that idealistic courteous guy, 10 guys would overtake me from the left, i would hear 20 Honks from the car behind, a bus would ram me from the side, a rick would make sure i trailed it at the speed to 10 for the longest time ever and the road would narrow suddenly such that it would eat half my lane. Yet if i werent dealing with enough on the road already , one lapse in attention could mean that i could possibly run over the nutcase that that thought it was safe to cross the road in front of me while all this was going on.

  2. Arun Kannan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    Funny comment Tsk Tsk. least 50% of your blogs are on making Chennai roads safer. I am sure you are having an effect on people reading the blogs. But I think this actually is a more fundamental problem and needs a fundamental shift is our way of thinking; which is to actually respect other people…other people’s ideas, lifestyle, time etc.

  3. udayms (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    I have a blog dedicated for the purpose of showcasing traffic crimes! Check out – …. here’s I post details of commonly committed traffic offenses with photographic evidence :) ….

  4. nandhu (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    nice work athiraj. and thanks for the relevant link. many people often link to totally irrelevant sites.

  5. TSK tsk (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    It is always nice to sit in a cubicle and preach the whole world.Please let your team members to follow the rules and then involve your office staffs .Thats how a revolution evolves.

    Else, fit an air horn in your car and scare the crap out of the traffic violaters during your commute.


  6. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    that aint the real tsk tsk! impostor!

  7. Murali (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    I think the city traffic police should organize a ” Traffic Rules day” . Enough notice must be given thru all media about this day , and EVRERY ONE HAS to observe the rules on this day. Anyone not following the rules must be fined a nominal amount ( say Rs 250) and also their names should be published in all major newspapers.

    A lot of publicity should be given for this day, and also an exclusive TV coverage of this day for 15 minutes must be telecast by all major channels, showing the effects of obeying traffic rules.

    There should be NO relaxation to the fines, and all the cops must be given strict instructions .

  8. handsome_friendly_indian (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Whatever we follow we rely on others faith in their own driving and vehicle conditions. An Auto driver can take any direction anytime at his own whims n fancy n cause tragic results to others as he quietly sneaks away as if nothing happened. Even if we drive or ride perfectly our life is in others who are driving or riding so unless everything is checked and followed strictly nothing will happen.

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