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