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10 Reasons Why Driving Vechicles in Kerala is a Difficult Task

Updated on December 23, 2014

Kerala, which is also known as "God's Own Country" is one of the most beautiful and a popular travel destination in south India. Blessed with an interesting climatic and geographical features, Kerala is a place where once loves to be at at least once in their lifetime. Being a resident of this amazing place, I really understand the value of this place which I experience while seeing the large number of people visiting this place from across the world. There are a lot of unique and interesting travel attractions and other features that make this place in India stand out.

Apart from being a major tourist destination in India, Kerala is considered to be one of the most difficult places in India to ride a vehicle. Driving in Kerala is one of the toughest thing to do and for those coming from other places which have a well maintained and disciplined road laws, Kerala will be a worst place to try out their driving skills. Driving along the roads of Kerala is considered to be a great challenge owing to its varied landscape and other geographical and structural features.

The roads of Kerala are hostile enough to create nightmares for the drivers and this is mainly due to various factors that are not seen in a place having a well-disciplined road network and laws. But in Kerala, things are different and you always need to be on your heels to make sure that you can drive back home safely. Driving in Kerala is like going out for a battle, as you will not be able to make sure whether you reach back home safely or not. You can feel very much relieved once you come back home after driving your vehicle on the roads of Kerala.

There are lot of reasons on why it is hard for drive in Kerala and people generally come across different issues once they start driving on the roads across Kerala. The reasons will vary depending upon various factors and hence it is really difficult to compile an ultimate set of reasons for the difficulty in riding on the roads in Kerala. Here are 10 of the most common reasons on why it is really a difficult task to keep driving on the roads in Kerala.

1) Frequent Gutters on the Roads
When it comes on counting the gutters on the roads, Kerala will top the list in India as majority of the roads in Kerala bears the presence of severe gutters, especially during the rainy season. These gutters makes driving more difficult as your car or bike can get down into the gutter causing serious damage to the vehicle as well as human beings. When compared with the other states of India, the roads of Kerala are pretty bad in shape for most of the year and with the arrival of monsoon season, the state experiences more rain and roads starts to deteriorate fast.

2) Narrow Width of the Roads
Unlike other places, the majority of the roads in Kerala are notoriously known for their low or narrow width which make driving more challenging. At times, you will not get enough space to get your vehicle move smoothly and also with confidence. You cannot increase the pace of your vehicle too much, as the chances of colliding the vehicles coming in the opposite direction is more.

3) More curves and Bends
In majority of the places in Kerala, you cannot expect a smooth and straight line of roads and the roads in Kerala are well known for their curves and bends. Such terrible curves and bends increases the chances of major accidents and this is something that a driver need to take care of.

4) Less Road Signals
Apart from the roads in a few major cities of Kerala, majority of the roads and junctions do not have sufficient roads signals that can ensure the safety of people. Most of the roads lack proper signals than can help in driving vehicles safely and a lot of accidents are reported mainly due to this point.

5) Drivers Who rarely Obey Traffic rules
In Kerala, majority of the drivers are reluctant in obeying traffic rules and this is indeed causing a lot of serious road accidents in Kerala. Someone with a disciplined driving style will really find these undisciplined drivers very much disturbing which make their driving more difficult and adventurous.

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6) Less Driving Sense
Apart from not obeying the traffic rules, majority of the drivers in Kerala lack basic driving sense and this is indeed followed by the upcoming drivers also. A lack of driving and road sense again makes matter more worse by creating minor as well as major accidents taking lives of innocent people.

7) Over crowded urban roads
Most of the urban roads in Kerala are poorly planned and as a result you can see a lot of crowd in the urban roads most of the time. Driving through the ill planned and urban roads of Kerala poses a major challenge for drivers to make their way through without causing any issues.

8) No proper markings on road
The roads of Kerala are ill planned and often more curvy in style. The lack of proper markings on the roads makes matter more badly as drivers really find it difficult to judge the course of the roads in a better way. A lot of accidents also occur due to the lack of proper markings on the roads of Kerala.

9) Careless Pedestrians
As with any other places in India, the pedestrians in Kerala also cause a lot to the road mess and this is something that creates nightmares for the drivers. The pedestrians in Kerala are really not very much careful and often cross the road without caring about the vehicles coming from either directions. This will create additional pressure for the drivers to make sure that they do not hit on any pedestrians.

10) More Terrain Roads
Majority of the landscapes in Kerala is terrain in nature and so are the roads that cut through these terrains. The terrain roads have different and uneven characteristics leading to major challenges while driving and always keep the stress intact on the drivers as well as pedestrians.

The above points are just some of the major factors that makes your driving in Kerala more difficult and based on various circumstances, the above points may change or increase. Different drivers have different opinions and hence it is difficult to state all the points in a single hub. It also depend on the type of vehicle you are driving on the roads of Kerala.

For example, if you are riding a bike, then you will feel even the slightest gutters more distracting and at the same time, if you are riding a heavy vehicle or SUVs, you might not feel that much difficult. So all depends on the type of road, the vehicle you are driving and your driving expertise.


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    • georgescifo profile image

      georgescifo 3 years ago from India is better to hire a taxi service to travel in Kerala. You will disturbed even sitting inside a taxi as the taxi still has to go through these terrible roads..

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my. Thanks for the heads up. If I am ever fortunate enough to visit there, I will find someone who can transport my sister and me around so that we do not face these perils.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      yes...I also used to find the curves as a real issue, but these days I am quite used to ti..

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Curves are really an avoidance for me as they can be quite hard to handle. Sounds like driving takes some skill in this area. Interesting share and good to know what one is up against when they visit.