Young drivers from across the country got a chance to display their traffic awareness and driving skills recently at the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) in Sarai Kale Khan. 30 shortlisted contestants got behind the wheel for the final of the third edition of Maruti Suzuki - Autocar Young Driver Contest 2011.
Touted as a nationwide search for India’s best young driving talent, the contest was open to all individuals between 18-30 years of age, with a valid driving license. This contests tests the knowledge of youngsters in regards to traffic rules, awareness of road safety and real-world driving skills.
Held across 36 cities, the two-month long contest saw over 21,000 participants, who were evaluated on parameters such as smoothness, vehicle control and presence of mind during emergency situations.
“The car market in India has undergone a dramatic transformation, but sadly, the driving culture is still prehistoric,” said Hormazd Sorabjee, editor, Autocar India. According to Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), “As a society, we are not very much clear about road safety. We lack the consciousness to follow traffic rules. Moreover, getting a license is not difficult at all in Delhi.”
“One must always remember while driving that there is someone waiting for you at home,” said Hitesh Duseja from Gwalior, who won the contest.
2350 people died in over 2,000 accidents in Delhi in 2009
1642 judicial convictions for drunk driving so far in 2011
500 trucks are prosecuted in the Capital everyday