India has the third largest road network in the world and a staggeringly high number of vehicles ply on these. Road signs perform the duty of maintaining the safety and efficiency of road users. The system that we use has been influenced by the UK system, and relies on symbols to overcome the barrier of language. Here are five road signs that you must know about –
One might argue that the speed limits in our country are too stringent. But it is necessary to remember that these speed regulations have been devised keeping in mind the capabilities of an average driver, the environment you are in and the capabilities of the vehicles plying on the road. So even if you consider yourself to be as good as Michael Schumacher, always adhere to the speed limits.
A ‘Give Way’ sign usually warns motorists of an impending junction ahead. It indicates that the driver must prepare to stop if necessary to let a driver from the opposite lane pass, thus giving the oncoming traffic a higher priority.
In a country which accounts for about 10 per cent of road accident fatalities worldwide, the ‘Hospital’ sign can be saviour for many. It indicates the presence of a hospital in the vicinity, for those in need of medical attention as well as a caution sign for drivers to be careful of the surroundings.
No standing or parking
A ‘No standing or parking’ sign prohibits road users from stopping their vehicle in the area. While a ‘No Parking’ only prohibits users from leaving their vehicle parked and/or unattended, you are allowed to halt for small durations and to drop off or pick up a passenger. The ‘No standing or parking’ sign though absolutely forbids you from stopping at any given time.
A pedestrian crossing, commonly known as a zebra crossing, is a designated part of a road for the pedestrians to cross. Pedestrians have the right of way through these sections. The regulations require drivers to stop and give way to a pedestrian intending to cross the road through a zebra crossing.