Road Safety: Pro Tips To Drive Safe In A Tunnel
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Pro Tips to Drive Safe In a Tunnel

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Pro Tips to Drive Safe In a Tunnel

With the inauguration of the new Atal Tunnel on the Leh-Manali Highway in Himachal Pradesh, the state rejoiced at being a part of the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream, after whom the tunnel was posthumously named. Touted as the longest tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world, the new tunnel was recently inaugurated by the Prime Minister and was opened for the public. However, sadly within 24 hours of its inauguration, the tunnel has been a site for no less than 3 motorist accidents. With reasons including reckless driving and stopping vehicles to capture selfies, the state government has now deployed the police force to battle any further cases of reckless driving and prevent accidents.

One can take precautions to avoid getting into a tunnel accident since studies show they are more dangerous than those on the open road and increasingly turn into disasters. The accidents inside tunnels are mostly caused due to driver errors because there are no animals or pedestrians to blame! Here are some pro tips to drive safely in a tunnel.

  1. Always turn on your car’s headlights inside the tunnel.
  2. Abide by the speed limits. The speed limits on different roads are not just random, they have been carefully selected for variable terrains according to the traffic and environmental conditions. One must always comply with the speed limits mentioned and avoid over/under speeding just for thrills. Remember, speed thrills but it also kills.
  3. Keep a safe distance not only with other vehicles around you, preferably of 5 meters, but also make sure to drive according to the terrains you’re on.
  4. Follow the messages displayed on electronic signboards inside the tunnel. Drive according to lane communication and avoid using those lanes that are not in use.
  5. Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
  6. Do not stop inside the tunnels, as most tunnels are No-Stopping-Zones.
  7. In case of a mechanical breakdown or an accident inside the tunnel, turn on the hazard lights, place the safety triangle at least 100meters from the incident zone and leave your vehicle and try to walk to the nearest emergency exit.

Last but not the least, follow traffic rules when driving as it keeps us and the others on the road safe!