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Old 8th March 2016, 13:44   #301
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question on making u turns
Usually whenever I try to make a U turn, I wait for a gap in traffic. But sometimes, there are no gaps, and i end up gradually nudging my way into the opposite side. This gets me a lot of dirty looks, people honking flashing, near misses with panic braking despite them seeing a while away.

Is there a better/right way?
U turn yields to straight traffic from other side, and also yields to traffic taking left turn from the right side of the crossroad if there is one. It is the turn that is lowest in the pecking order.
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but... how long have you got?
I have time, but this is a very narrow(1.5 lane) road (velachery tambaram road) and traffic very quickly gets stuck behind me if i wait too long to turn - the turn is just after a bus stop, so most of the people who are behind me are ones who want to go straight, and they start making an infernal racket.
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It is the turn that is lowest in the pecking order.
And yet, such a minor technicality is entirely lost to the Indian driving population.
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I have time, but this is a very narrow(1.5 lane) road (velachery tambaram road) and traffic very quickly gets stuck behind me if i wait too long to turn - the turn is just after a bus stop, so most of the people who are behind me are ones who want to go straight, and they start making an infernal racket.
Hate to say this, but after hearing the traffic situation (narrow road, busy traffic, bus stop), this gap should be marked as no U turn by the traffic guards.
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Default Your mistakes on Road

Hello all, I just wanted to create a thread on mistakes committed by us while on road. I don't know if such a thread exists but anyways I want to confess my mistakes on road. So here they are:

1) When I was driving, my right rear view mirror touched the opposite guy's mirror! Actually that road on that day had been narrowed by vehicles parked on one side & a cement mixer truck on the other. So the two of us slowly came very close to each other & the mirrors got hit.

2) I was in my car standing at an intersection on the second row waiting for the front guys to move. One was a car guy in front of me & the other was a auto wallah beside the car & slightly on my front right. As soon as the car moved, I moved my car but since the auto didn't move, I hit him from back before I applied the brakes.

I regret making these two mistakes & feel like I'm not a good driver as I think myself to be. So I request you guys to share your mistakes while on road so that I can learn from your mistakes.
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Default Re: Your mistakes on Road

You should properly search whether similar thread(s) exists before starting a new one. It's worth investing a few minutes in order to search for appropriate thread rather than creating a new one. We are the only ones who have to maintain the quality of the forum. In a single go I was able to search for few similar threads.

@Mods : please merge this thread as similar threads already exists.

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Hello all, I just wanted to create a thread on mistakes committed by us while on road.
No offence buddy, please do search before creating a new thread:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...kes-avoid.html

This thread is the right one to get your posts moved too.
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I am afraid I was not able to get a picture due to my phone running out of battery, but Hero Motocorp appears to have tied up with at least one RTO I was visiting yesterday (Electronic City, Bangalore), and erected huge, informative boards about safe driving.

One board was about why you should wear a helmet - they didn't just say "helmets help prevent brain injury", they added that brain injuries can cause paralysis, speech and memory loss, death etc.

The other board was a set of tips on driving at night, in fog and on hills.

Each topic above had about ten tips each with sound and practical information

The hill driving sign had instructions like yield to uphill traffic, honk at curves, avoid distractions like stereos on hill roads .. more importantly, "hill driving is for experienced drivers".

The fog and rain sections had good detail on when to use high beam, fog lamps and when to use low beam, using the car heater to improve visibility, driving in the middle of the road as water can pool at the sides, care about speed and braking distance on wet roads etc.

Congratulations to both the RTO and to Hero Motocorp. If some BHPian lives anywhere near Bannerghatta Road (which is where RTO Electronic City is, nowhere near Electronic City at all) please swing by and post photos.
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I had got a safe driving booklet from Skoda with one of the auto magazines and it had some useful tips.

One that has always stuck to me ensures I am really careful driving on highways especially at night. They asked a simple question - " have you ever seen a truck driver wearing spectacles?"

I can't recall truck drivers wearing specs and statistically many of them are likely to have less than 100% eyesight. Coupled with long hours they drive and general aggressive driving styles you need to add that extra safety buffer driving around trucks (and even buses)
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Default How India Drives - first, be a starfish

As some of you would know, my writing is getting somewhat prolific these days. Don't ask... Decided to branch out and discuss my pet peeve - traffic and driving in India. Yes, I know I'm in the minority and no-one else seems to face this issue hahaha. Yes, I do realise it's how everyone else drives that is the problem. Yes, I do know this is India!!! (cue desi-inspired Spartan music). All I ask is, hear me out patiently - much like our friendly traffic cop does as he writes out a challan. No, please keep that 100 bucks in your pocket, I'm just not interested. Folks, we have a serious problem in India. We know how to drive (they say, if you drive here you can drive anywhere), but really can't drive (no matter who you know, try using your Indian license in Dubai!). As fellow Team-BHPers know, it isn't just the hardware in your car, but your own software that makes driving nirvana possible. And that IMHO is where the problem lies. Yes, software, as in my and your ability to drive, well.

But first, a story. Once upon a time dear friends, there walked an old man, along the shore. He looked weak and frail, but spent his time in a very strange way. Every now and then, he would bend down and toss something far out into the waves lapping at his feet. A fisherman watching him was quite curious and called from afar - "What on earth are you doing?!" The old man beckoned to him to come closer. Only now, did the fisherman notice the starfish beached on the sand. As the tide turned, it left many of them behind, to die as the water receded. The old man was busy picking them up - one at a time - to toss them back into the life-giving water. "Are you crazy" - said the fisherman, "there are thousands of starfish dying here, how can you possibly make a difference!". "Well" said the old man, as he tossed the next one into the water "I made a difference to THAT one."

There are many reasons we drive so badly in India, and hopefully I won't need to convince anyone that we do have an issue here. Many fellow Team-BHPians have covered this topic in great detail, and there are many threads of note already. However, my approach differs - much like Kangana's perspective of Bollywood today. I believe, WE are the issue. And we I say WE, I mean ME and YOU. Don't tell me you follow your driving theory to the T, I know I don't - not yet anyway. As they say, accepting I have a problem is the first step towards therapy. Call this the first 'Drivers' Anonymous, I don't care. I'm here for the starfish. That starfish, being you, dear reader of this post. If I can save one life or even a limb by my rant - it will help me sleep better tonight. The thing with this journey is, you probably won't know how many people you save by driving better. You'll just gain good karma or something, and gain possible no-claim bonuses from your Insurance Company.
So, here goes, my take on Driving Basics (DB) for India. As a new, but responsible member of Team-BHP (see rules) - I feel this is my duty, and I hope to save many starfish with this post. To quote Spiderman (badly) - the power of the Team-BHP sticker - comes with great responsibility.

DB #1 - Two-second rule.
Mark the rear end of the vehicle ahead of you, against a static point (lamp post, stone, your salary, whatever). Count the seconds till you pass the same point. Less than 2 seconds, and you're in the danger zone. Unless you're superhuman (it would show up in your annual health checkup), you CANNOT react effectively to sudden braking in less than 2 seconds. When you do stop, make sure you can see the rear wheels of the vehicle ahead of you. I call such folks bonnet drivers, who need to look over their bonnet to drive - not because of their choice of headgear. Resist the need to crawl up till you can read their dashboard, it's none of your business, and kinda creepy anyway.

Here's what you risk in <2 second situations.
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DB #2 - Lane discipline.
We think we follow this one, but don't. Know what road markers signify, and follow them. Try never to overtake on an undivided line despite a clear road ahead - you'll learn how much self control you have. I know from bitter experience, and still learning. Maintain your lane, and indicate (3 clicks on your indicator) BEFORE you switch lanes. Don't cut ahead of someone into another lane, you must yield - unless you're in the overtaking lane (extreme RHS). Even then, yielding is a virtue, and there is no such thing as 'right of way'. Yield to those on a roundabout / circle, don't rush in like you're getting free tickets to the Bieber concert. Don't create a traffic snake!


Read between the lines
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DB #3 - Defensive driving.
No, this does not mean being defensive. It means - learn to drive like Master Yoda. Anticipate situations before they occur. Be in the right place at the right time. Don't rush into trouble, avoid it proactively. Ignore this basic, and you're ready to drive an Auto anywhere in India. Learn this one, and you will master the Force (well, you'll be in tune with the traffic flow at least).

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That's it. Short and sweet. Follow these 3 steps, and you'll already be a much better driver. It isn't easy, and I'm going through the journey myself. Be like the Buddha, follow your own path to enlightenment. Anything which takes you away, is a distraction or worse, an attachment.
Be a starfish, then find one more. I would love to hear if you do.

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