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It's essential to keep learning about safe driving Top 5 road signs throughout your life, and having a solid foundation in the basics is helpful.

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Navigating Indian roads can be quite the adventure, with heavy traffic, winding lanes, and a free-spirited approach to lane discipline. But fear not! By keeping an eye out for and obeying simple traffic signs, you can ensure your own safety and contribute to a smoother journey for everyone else on the road.

Understanding traffic symbols is especially useful for novice drivers or those used to driving abroad. Since signs transcend language barriers, recognising them quickly helps one react aptly. This prevents accidents that could risk lives and be financially burdensome. 

This article will highlight five essential Indian road signs that every driver or pedestrian must know. It will also offer tips on driving defensively and looking out for signboards. Additionally, it covers what to do in case of accidents. Being well-informed and alert on the roads is critical to a safe commute.

5 Important road signs you must know about

1. No parking sign 

A "No Parking" sign means you can't leave your car unattended but can stop briefly to drop off or pick up passengers. If the sign says "No Stopping or Standing," it means no halting. Breaking these rules could result in your car being towed or getting fined from ₹100 to ₹300. Look for these signs around busy places like shops, toll booths, or intersections.

2. Speed limit sign

India has strict speed limits, but they are set considering road conditions, vehicle capability, and driver competence. Exceeding the speed limit is dangerous; it reduces control over the vehicle, increases stopping distance, and leads to more severe accidents. Fines can range from ₹400 to ₹2000, depending on how much over the limit one drives. Check signboards periodically so you don't miss changes in speed limits.

3. No entry sign 

Some parts of the road have signs that say "Do Not Enter" to stop cars from going in the wrong direction. It's really important at places like intersections, bridges, and main roads. If you ignore these signs, it can cause accidents and disagreements. You could also get fined around ₹200. So, it's best to drive slower when you're coming up to intersections and make sure to look out for those signs. And if you're ever unsure where to go, don't hesitate to ask for help!

4. No stopping or standing sign

It's essential to keep traffic moving freely on big roads. Stopping, even for a short time, can block other cars. Some signs show you where you need help to stop or stand. If you have to stop because of an emergency, turn on your hazard lights and pull over to the left. Breaking this rule can result in a ₹100 fine.

5. U-turn prohibited sign

At certain busy street corners, you might see signs that say you can't make a U-turn. That's because making a U-turn at those spots can cause traffic jams and accidents. It's really dangerous to make a U-turn on a busy road! Instead, look for places where you can legally turn around a little further down the road. If you get caught making an illegal U-turn, you could be fined at least ₹300 and possibly even lose your driving license.

Drive defensively and look out for signs

Remember these important tips for safe driving:

  1. Stay a safe distance behind other vehicles, and try to adjust your speed gradually instead of making sudden changes.

  2. Be cautious about overtaking other vehicles unless you're absolutely sure it's safe. Also, keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists who might suddenly cross the road.

  3. Pay attention to road signs at all times, not just right before intersections, so you have plenty of time to react.

  4. Use GPS responsibly and avoid distractions while driving.

  5. If you come across a sign that's hard to read, damaged, or covered up, report it to the authorities.

  6. And most importantly, always follow the rules of the road. Don't think you can get away with breaking them.

What to do in case of accidents?

Even if you're really careful, sometimes accidents happen on the road, and it's not always your fault. If you get into a minor crash or your car breaks down:


  • Try to move your car to the side of the road or to the slow lane to avoid more accidents

  • Turn on your hazard lights and put warning signs 50-100m behind your car

  • Call for help and stay inside your car with your seatbelt on if it's safe

In case of a severe accident with injuries:

  • Call an ambulance right away at 108.

  • Only give first aid if you know how and it's safe to do so.

  • Call the police at 100 or 1090.

  • Take pictures for insurance purposes.

Later, get a doctor's certificate detailing the injuries and talk to your insurance company about making a claim on your car insurance. This can help you to cover your medical expenses and the costs of fixing or replacing your vehicle if needed. Make sure you have enough insurance to help you financially if you're in an accident.


It's essential to keep learning about safe driving throughout your life, and having a solid foundation in the basics is helpful. While insurance can help with the costs of accidents, like medical bills, car repairs, and legal expenses, it can't make up for the emotional toll of injuries, disabilities, grief, or even loss of life. Committing to driving safely helps protect your passengers, other drivers, people walking on the road, and your future well-being.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed within the content are solely the authors. Does not constitute advice.

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