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Follow traffic guidelines and reach safely to your loved ones
In an effort to educate people about the traffic guidelines to be followed during monsoons, the Heart Care Foundation of India has released a list that can be quite handy in bringing down the number of traffic accidents.

THOUGH MONSOONS bring joy to the faces, wilted by summer heat but at the same time, they bring deaths in the form of road traffic accidents. So it is important for the public to revise their knowledge about road safety during this season.

The Heart Care Foundation of India released road safety guidelines to reduce dangers of accidents while driving and also requested the transport department and the traffic police to intensify their educational campaign in this regard.

To make sure that you reach home safely in the evening, it is requested that everybody follows folowing guidelines:

Drive slowly. Driving too fast is the main cause of accidents on rainy days.

If your car is involved in the accident, make sure that you try your best to pull over as far off the road as possible, turn on the flashing emergency lights, and move to a safe area. If there is no safe places next to the road, stay in your car and remain buckled up.

Drive in the tyre prints of the car ahead of you. When a car hydroplanes, it is riding on a thin layer of water between the tyres and the road. The water in tyre prints has already been displaced, so you get better traction.

If your car hydroplanes, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply brakes. When you feel the tyres touch the pavement, slow until you regain control.

Do not speed through standing water.

Motorcyclists should bear in mind that crosswalk lines and pavement arrows are super–slick.

Check the tyres and wipers of your car. According to the Traffic police, many drivers in accidents say their visibility was hampered as the car wipers smeared their windshields on a rainy day.

Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. Your braking distance is greatly increased in wet driving.

Do not apply brakes while in a curve if at all possible. Apply brakes before entering a curve.

Do not change lanes. If at all you need to do so, use turn signals for all lane changes and turn well in advance so that you do not surprise another driver and force him to brake.

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