Diwali, the “Festival of Light”, is on Thursday, November 4, with celebrations set to take place from November 2-6.

While COVID-19 travel restrictions have only just lifted in India, large-scale festivities are set to return, albeit cautiously. Whatever your plans, please refer to the latest government advice before travelling, as rules could change at short notice.

Here are eDriving’s 10 road safety tips for the Diwali holiday season:  

1. Adhere to international, national and regional guidance regarding travel, including guidance in your intended destination.

  1. Plan trips in advance so that you aren’t tempted to rush. Plan your route (including rest stops) and leave enough time to arrive at your destination calmly and safely. Travel outside of peak times if you can.
  2. Prepare your vehicle so it is safe for you and your family. Checks should include lights, brakes, fluid levels, tyres, mirrors, windows, and seat belts.
  3. Avoid overloading your vehicle. Carrying too many passengers means there are not enough seat belts for everyone. An overloaded vehicle also affects handling, increases your stopping distance and can cause damage to the road.
  4. Make sure you are well-rested before your trip, and plan for rest breaks every 200 miles/2 hours to stretch your legs.
  5. Be patient while driving and consider that others may be driving distracted or in unfamiliar areas.
  6. Focus on the drive, avoiding distractions (such as mobile phones) and impairment. It’s a good idea to pack quiet activities to keep children occupied. If you drink ANY alcohol, don’t drive.
  7. Obey traffic rules, including seat belts, and speed limits. Wear a helmet if you’re riding a two-wheeler.
  8. Be aware that people might set off firecrackers in/ beside the road. Driving at a safe speed and avoiding distractions should enable you to stop safely in the event of this happening. Keep windows closed while driving to prevent stray firecrackers from entering your car.
  9. Look out for others on the road, including pedestrians, two-wheelers, children and animals. Remember that other people might be impaired so take extra care.

Have a happy and SAFE Diwali!