Following a few simple road safety tips can help make your driving holiday in Delhi safer and more enjoyable.
Driving in Delhi
If you wish to drive in Delhi, you must hold a valid international driving permit accompanied by the driver licence issued in the country you live in.
Delhi drive on the left side of two-way roads. Ask passengers to remind you of this every time you set off and when you are turning at an intersection. You should always remember to look right, then left and then right again when you are walking across the street if there are no traffic lights close by.
Seatbelts and child restraints
Seatbelts must always be worn when driving. All passengers in the car must also wear seatbelts. Children under age 7 must be in a child restraint appropriate for the child’s size and weight.
Obey the road signs
You should familiarise yourself with the road signs in Delhi and make sure you obey them.
Alcohol and drugs
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous and Delhi has very serious penalties if you are caught doing this. In Delhi, you are not permitted to drive a car if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher. If you hold a probationary or provisional driver’s licence, your blood alcohol level must be zero at all times. Driving after taking drugs that affect your ability to drive is illegal and penalties are severe.
No mobile phones
You are not permitted to use a handheld mobile phone when driving. This includes making or receiving calls, texting, playing games or web browsing.