Originally Posted by pecha72
traffic is a sight in itself, you wont see something like that in Europe
Except for ITALY!!
No Pecha72 is right so much as India is crazy and if you go it yourself don't go straight to Delhi or Mumbai and try to ride, or if you do expect accidents and hospital time. It is seriously crazy, but not just in the big towns everywhere. There are 1 billion Indians afterall and not one has a drivers licence (that's what you should assume).
Once you get used to traffic then it's ok but you must:
1) Ensure you have a working horn.
2) Give way to anything bigger than you.
NB the horn is used for signalling everything. Including but not limited to:
Entering an intersection
Crossing a road
Turning (left, right and straight ahead)
Overtaking (especially overtaking, just keep on the horn)
In fact it's used with any and all changes in direction or speed or to let others know you are pulling out.
Another rule of thumb is that drivers don't care about any thing behind their mirrors. Only look after what is infront of your mirrors. Although riding is different, this is how they perceive the road rules if you can call them that.
As a bike you're 3rd from the bottom in the hierachy (pecking order), just above the cyclist
It's fun but don't get frustrated, just relax and take it slowly it's not a race.