Indian highways are notorious for being some of the most dangerous roads in the world, and daily incidents only reinforce this reputation. A recent recording from a Royal Enfield Bullet rider’s helmet camera captured a harrowing near-miss on one of these perilous roads. The incident occurred when a vehicle unexpectedly veered onto the opposite side of the road, flipping over and nearly colliding with the biker.
The exact location of the video remains unknown, but it depicts a relatively empty highway with the Royal Enfield Bullet rider traveling at a high speed. Suddenly, the camera captures a sedan flipping and jumping the divider, landing on the biker’s side of the road.
The high-speed crash caused the car to flip continuously until it finally came to rest on the shoulder of the road. Despite the highway being relatively empty, the Bullet rider couldn’t completely avoid a collision. He managed to slow down the bike, but still ended up crashing into the rear end of the car at a reduced speed.
The Bullet rider appears to have sustained minor injuries on his hand, while the occupants of the car were fortunately unharmed. This incident serves as a stark reminder of how dangerous Indian highways can be, even when they seem relatively empty. Caution and alertness are paramount while driving on these roads to ensure the safety of oneself and others.
Driving on Indian highways
Driving at high speeds on Indian highways, which are characterized by unpredictability, can be extremely dangerous. Irresponsible driving behaviors such as using the wrong lane, sudden U-turns without signaling, overspeeding, and talking on mobile phones while driving are prevalent on these roads. Moreover, the presence of stray animals adds another element of risk, as drivers may not react promptly, leading to collisions with such animals.
Since there is no established concept of right-of-way in India, it is advisable to reduce speed when approaching crossings. Additionally, while on highways, it’s prudent to slow down while passing through populated areas like cities and villages. Even though pedestrian crossings are designated, many people prefer to take shortcuts and linger on the highways, increasing the risk of accidents, especially considering the potential presence of stray animals and cattle.
Maintaining a safe speed on the highways is always a wise decision. Incidents where locals ride on the opposite lane are also common, particularly near settlements or in proximity to cities and villages along the highways. Being cautious and driving at a safe speed can help mitigate potential risks and ensure a safer journey on Indian highways.
In 2017, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, made a contentious assertion, claiming that the roads of Madhya Pradesh were superior to those in Washington. This statement faced significant criticism from netizens, who took to Twitter to share pictures of the actual roads in Madhya Pradesh, which were riddled with potholes and in poor condition.