It is no secret that road travel in India is dangerous because of a multitude of factors, including bad roads shared by all manner of vehicles. With more than 85,000 deaths in road accidents annually, India has the highest number of road fatalities in the world. A large percentage of these deaths are linked to the preponderance of motorbikes, the custom to carry passengers and the disinclination of Indians to wear helmets. But road travel in any vehicle is hazardous. Avoid driving yourself, and if possible, hire a driver who comes recommended as skilled and safety-conscious.