One of the best ways to travel in India is to take a long road trip once in a while. There is something enchanting about a road trip that other modes of travel just cannot match. The mesmerizing green scenic views, the fresh and cool air, the company of friends and family, the endless snacks, cutting tea and of course the never ending bargaining of who wants to be behind the wheel can lead up to some memorable road trips in India.Vir Sanghvi (Indian print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host) list down these 5 Essential Travel Tips .

If you’re planning a road trip in India anytime soon, here are a few tips-

1) Awareness of Traffic Signs and Signals in India

traffic lights

traffic lights

Driving indicators on the road help in times of darkness. The traffic signs should not be considered as a useless piece erected beside the road. While making road trips in India, it is advisable to maintain adequate distance between other vehicles before changing the lane or direction and even while traveling for safe driving. The very fact is that we Indians aren’t the best in observing the traffic sense. We always see the vehicles coming the wrong way, cutting lanes, overtaking on curves, using the blinding high beam in the night. You need to be alert at all times with quick reflexes

2 Safety should come first and not the second

Valley Road

Valley Road

Always be safe than later be sorry. Safety of you and the one who is traveling with you should be a top priority. Senseless driving, overspending does bring the thrills, but it may prove very costly later on. India follows left-hand driving, and you must stay on the left-hand side of the road at all times unless you are overtaking. Honking while overtaking and on a curvy road is perfectly fine and recommended. Do not drive if you are stressed out or deprived of sleep. India runs on Chai (tea), take regular breaks for the tea.

 3 Wear the safety gears always and anytime

Safety gears for a bike ride and buckling up for a car trip is for you only and not to escape penalty from traffic cops. The seat belt acts as a life protector nullifying the effect of inertia during high speed. Wearing a seat belt in the car will help you from hitting forward and minimize the damage. It has been found from data analysis that wearing seat belts has saved a lot of lives in India after its invention and proper use.

4 Check your vehicle before hitting the road for trip

Get your car or bike serviced properly before you hit the road. You must check the tyre conditions, so they give you comfortable ride throughout the journey. Also, while you’re on the road, hit a service center at the first sign of trouble from your ride. Take no chances on venturing out into unknown territory. You must carry first aid box, and other essential stuff during your upcoming road travel.

5 Keep your loved ones informed

light-road-nature-iphoneBackpacking and venturing out into unknown territory always bring much-needed excitement, however in the case of unfortunate incidence it were your friends, family and loved one who will come to rescue. Your family and loved ones should at all times be aware of your location. It’s not that hard now with all the communication options available these days, be its Facebook, instant messenger or even a phone call.  A vital but most important part of a road trip is to be all prepare for the unexpected and with plan B in place.

Master the road trip tips that always works in India-