Driving Tips in India - Sixt rent a car


Driving in India is very different from the UK so in order for you to have a safe trip Sixt recommends that you look at our guide for driving tips and advice.

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Rules & Regulations

Here are some rules and driving tips that you should be aware of before you start driving in India:

  • In India, they drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • When needing to turn onto a road on the left, stay close to the left side of the road and after making the turn continue on the left side of the road. (Do not cut across lanes from the right side of the road and then turn left).
  • When turning onto a road on the right side, first approach the centre of the road as safely as possible and then turn to the right and stay on the left side of the road.
  • Drink driving – The maximum permitted level of alcohol allowed in the bloodstream is 30mg. per 100ml. Anyone caught breaking this law could face a fine or imprisonment.
  • Right of Way on mountain roads/ steep roads: Where the width of the road is not sufficient for vehicles to pass each other safely, the vehicle going downhill has to stop to the side of the road and allow the vehicles going uphill to pass.
  • If there is a need to pass traffic proceeding in the same direction, always pass/overtake them on their right side. The only exception to this would be the case where a vehicle that is trying to turn to the right (and has indicated their intention to turn right) is occupying the centre lane and therefore requires passing them on the left side.
  • At road intersections, pedestrian crossings and stop signs make sure that the vehicle is fully behind the stop lines painted on the road. The driver has to drive taking into account this requirement of stopping before the stop line when required by a stop light or sign or by a police officer.
  • Use of mobile phones is not allowed whilst driving.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in India.

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Speed Limits

Speed limits to adhere to when driving in India:

  • Overall, within Indian towns the speed limit is 50 km/h.
  • For automobiles and motorcycles on a single carriageway it is set at 80 km/h.
  • When driving on expressways/motorways (dual carriageways) it is also 80 km/h.

However, speed limits in India vary by state and vehicle type so please check the local limits before you start your journey.

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Things to Bring Along

The person driving the vehicle should always carry the following documents:

  • Driving License
  • Certificate of registration of the vehicle
  • Certificate of taxation
  • Certificate of insurance
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Additional Information

Because India is such a large and vast country you will need a car rental to help you navigate around the Country. Sixt Car rental in India has 4 branches in the capital city New Dehli including one at New Dehli airport which allows you to fly and drive. We also have branches in Banaglore, Pune and Mumbai.

If you travel to New Dehli you can experience a city with lots of history and culture. Driving around the city you can visit the Red fort which was built in 1648, the Qutab minar which is described as the first mosque in India and Humayun's Tomb the second of the great Mughal emperors.

If in Mumbai visit the gateway of India, a magnificent monument and Marine drive a road along the Arabian sea. Take a trip to Bangalore and visit the stunning Lalbagh Botanical Garden and whilst there you could drive out to Goa and see the Dudhsagar waterfalls and one of its famous beaches. You will have so much to see during your stay in India that you will be glad to have a Sixt car rental to travel with. Using a car hire in India is the easiest and most effective way to explore this beautiful country.

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* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.