Safety Driving – Yield

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Extending safety communication to you is crucial for making you understand Safety as Priority to continue working with us at NANDAN.

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As part of this initiative, to drive ‘Safety as a Core Value’ at all levels, the Purchase & Forestry department of NANDAN is sending safety messages/alerts/newsfeed to vendors.

In this issue, we are featuring SAFE & RESPONSIBLE DRIVING – YIELDING THE RIGHT OF WAY !

Why is it important for Vendors to be aware of yielding the right-of-way for safe driving?

Because the traffic in most of Indian cities & towns is chaotic and dangerous. There are huge numbers of cars, buses, auto-rickshaws, all cramped in small lanes & honking at each other. Big vehicles don’t stop & give way to other vehicles. Most of the drivers & other road users are not following traffic rules. Sad reality is that more people are killed in traffic accidents in India than in any other country. Yielding the right of way is the most important aspect of road etiquettes which not only result in disciplined traffic but also help in reducing traffic jams, accidents. Frustrations, etc. and make travel smooth & pleasurable.

Signaling does not give one the right of way. One must make sure the way is clear.

Let us start by understanding What is Yielding the Right-Of-Way? 

To put in simple words, yielding the right-of-way means to allow another vehicle or roadway user to proceed first, when they have the privilege of having immediate use of a part of a roadway. our back is at work 24 hours a day. These rules go along with courtesy & common sense. Bicycle riders, moped riders, auto-rickshaw drivers & pedestrians must follow these rules, too.


Here are some rules about when you must yield the right-of-way.

ü  Always Give Way to Pedestrians

  • You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at specially marked pedestrian crossovers.
  • Once people have cleared your side of the road, and no other pedestrians are approaching, you may proceed with caution when it is safe.
  • You  must not overtake any vehicle at pedestrian crossover.
  • When entering a road from private road or driveway, you must yield to vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk.
  • If you cannot see anyone coming, sound your horn and then drive out very slowly.
  • Yield to anyone with a white cane or without a red tip. These canes indicate that the pedestrian is deaf, blind or both.

ü  Always Yield to Emergency Vehicles

  • Always give way to emergency vehicles with their lights or sirens on.
  • Either pull over to the side of the road safely or stop and let them pass you.
  • Even if you have the right of way at an intersection, let the emergency vehicle go.

ü  Right of Way at Intersections

  • At an intersection without signs or signal lights, you must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle approaching the intersection before you,
  • If you arrive at the same time, the vehicle approaching from the left has the right-of-way.
  • If you are turning right, you must wait for approaching traffic to pass/turn & for pedestrians in your path to cross.
  • If you are turning left, you must wait for pedestrians to cross if they are in your path.



ü  Right of Way Elsewhere

  • Yield to the larger road at intersections with multiple-lane roads. The driver on the smaller road must yield to vehicles on the multi-lane road & wait for a safe opening in traffic to enter into multi-lane.
  • Yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic on highway exit ramps. If a vehicle is entering a highway/ expressway, the car on the ramp must yield to any vehicle on the highway.
  • A driver on the highway/main or major road has the right-of-way over those on side lanes/ sub-lanes/ minor lanes merging onto the highway/ main or major road

Once you have understood these few simple rules on the road, and start following them, you will find that driving doesn’t have to be as chaotic as it is in India currently. It is only about having the appropriate knowledge and then applying it.




Note: Excerpts taken from