NEW DELHI: Nearly 95% of car drivers with valid licence don’t have even 50% knowledge about traffic safety norms, according to a recent survey conducted by an automobile company.
Drivers of Delhi and Bengaluru scored the least among six cities where the survey was undertaken while drivers from Kolkata and Chennai got the maximum scores.
According to the interview-based survey of 1,561car drivers by Ford India, “Cartesy 2.0”, the respondents were asked to answer 31 questions with multiple choices as it’s done by the RTOs. Applicants scoring 60% mark during such tests by RTOs are granted the learner’s licence.
Justifications given by respondents for being non-compliant with the norms included ‘emergency or urgency’ to reach the destination; ‘poor infrastructure’ such as bad patches or road signs not being visible; ‘temptations’ like unmanned signals or nobody watching; and ‘everyone else is breaking rules’.
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The survey also found that 97% of the respondents felt distracted driving – under influence or use of mobile phone – is the main cause of road crashes and around 80% of drivers cited ‘aggressive driving’ as the second reason.
Car drivers in Delhi scored the maximum when it came to not talking on mobile phone while driving while Kolkata scored the least among the surveyed cities. Kolkata also scored the worst so far as driving on the wrong side was concerned. Delhi drivers had the lowest score on several fronts such as stopping before the stop line, following road signs, using indicators while changing lanes, complying with traffic lights, and parking only at authorised parking lots.
The drivers of the national capital also scored the worst on other parameters like multitasking while driving, losing control while driving and stopping abruptly on roads and giving way to emergency vehicles.
Car drivers in Mumbai neither scored the best nor the worst on all parameters whereas drivers in Chennai had the highest scores on several parameters such as giving way to emergency vehicles, maintaining safe distance, careful driving during the rainy season and driving slowly in populated areas.
The survey also found that only 9% respondents felt inadequate knowledge as a significant cause of road crashes. “The self score by drivers seems quite correct. Our training practices are inadequate and there is a need to start this education about rules of the road and traffic from beginning, a few years before anyone applies for obtaining a driving licence,” said Anil Chikkara, an expert in driver licensing in the country.