It's no secret that Delhi and Gurugram are no strangers to the challenges of poor air quality, especially during the winter months. As the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) invokes Stage IV of the GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) to combat worsening air quality, many of us are left wondering how to stay safe during these times.

India Gate | New Delhi | Image Source: Brookings Institution

Why Air Quality Matters

The air pollution crisis in the National Capital Region (NCR) affects not only Delhi but also neighbouring cities in Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The hazardous air quality readings in Gurugram, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad are a stark reminder of the region's shared challenge.

With AQI levels reaching alarming heights, it's advised to limit outdoor activities, and that includes travelling. The health risks associated with exposure to polluted air are well-documented, and it's always best to stay indoors when the air quality is at its worst.

Choose Public Transport Whenever Possible

For those who must travel, especially during air quality crises, choosing public transport can significantly reduce personal exposure to outdoor air pollution. The Delhi Metro, for example, is a commendable choice as it operates with a well-maintained ventilation system and air conditioning in the coaches.

Driving in Smog: A Challenge

However, we understand that sometimes, you can't avoid the need to venture out, even in smoggy conditions. Driving in such circumstances can be a real challenge, not to mention the adverse health effects it can have.

Smoky haze lingers as Delhi's air quality continues to deteriorate - Source: India Today

DriveU to the Rescue

That's where DriveU comes into the picture. Our professional drivers are available 24/7 in Delhi and Gurugram and can be easily hired through our Android or iOS apps or website. Hiring a professional driver means you can avoid the hassle of driving in poor visibility and by travelling in your own car you can protect yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary exposure to harmful pollutants.

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What's Banned

(As of November 5, 2023)

As per the latest government directives, under GRAP Stage 4, several measures have been put in place to combat worsening air quality:

  1. Entry of trucks is banned under the stricter norms.
  2. A ban will be imposed on the plying of Delhi-registered diesel-operated Medium Goods Vehicles (MGVs) and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in Delhi, except those carrying essential commodities or providing essential services.
  3. Boring, drilling, excavation, and stuffing have been strictly prohibited at construction and demolition sites. All structural construction work, including building activities, will face a complete restriction.
  4. A ban has been imposed on the operation of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel LMVs (4-wheelers)

Stay Informed and Stay Safe

In times of poor air quality, it's crucial to stay informed about the latest air quality readings and follow government advisories. Avoid outdoor activities during peak pollution hours and take all necessary precautions, including wearing masks if you need to be outside.


As Delhi and Gurugram grapple with air pollution, the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones should always come first. If travel is unavoidable, remember that DriveU is here to provide you with a safe and comfortable ride, allowing you to navigate the city with confidence, even during times of poor air quality.

Let's prioritize health and safety as we work together to combat the challenges posed by air pollution. After all, a safer journey is a happier one.

Stay safe, stay informed, and let's get through this smoggy season together.