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Study Abroad: No Devdas-types please!
Stephen James
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August 07, 2008

As Indian students prepare to leave for international universities, all kinds of questions arise regarding the nitty-gritty details of life abroad.

To ease their concerns and answer their queries, we asked students who are already abroad to share their experiences. Here a student of Texas A&M, Stephen James shares his advice on basic traffic rules you should be aware of when you land in the US.

The signal light's barely turned green before the entire two-mile... I'm sorry, two-kilometre long block of traffic starts honking their horns, edging their way through the smallest available space, hurling abuses at the person who just won't take off, and what not. Aah... a typical traffic scene in the heart of Old Delhi [Images]. In the best interest, what honks in Old Delhi had better stay in Old Delhi.

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That  attitude in the US of A might land you with a "certificate of traffic excellence" aka traffic violation ticket. An added bonus might be a night counting steel bars. Knowing traffic rules is important in this country and it doesn't apply only to drivers; it equally affects pedestrians too. Here are some of the top 10 things to keep in mind about traffic in the USA.

Also read: Study Abroad: 10 tips to packing smart | The Study Abroad home page

Stephen James is a graduate student, class of 2008, from Texas A&M University, USA.

Have you studied abroad? Do you have advice for students heading abroad? Helpful tips on how to tackle the visa interview or applications process? Did you encounter unexpected roadblocks when you applied to a foreign university but managed to overcome them? Are there paperwork issues that students should know about but don't? Write in to with your advice and we'll publish your tips right here on

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