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Old 30th December 2017, 16:51   #25366
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There are multiple reasons to this. That said its sad that people are not realizing the perils of bad driving or unwanted risks while driving.

The roads in Kerala are narrow, especially the MC road. The Palakkad - Ernakulam is an exception (with 4 lane highway). If you follow all rules and drive safe, distance between Trivandrum and Ayoor (about 55kms) takes anything between 1.5 to 2.0 hrs. But if you exceed the speed limits and drive rash you can cover it in 1.0 - 1 hr 15 mins. Its easy to guess why people try to cover up for the lost time by driving rash and undertake risky overtaking maneuvers. Supposedly a risky overtaking act done by a Wagon R caused the infamous Karunagappally Gas tanker accident There were no actions taken to improve the quality of roads or educate folks on avoiding rash driving.

Every road trip to Kerala is an adventure - near misses, accidents in front you; the list goes on.
Agreeing with your observations apart from the bit about M.C road. I don't travel much in northern districts, but I absolutely dread the NH stretch between Trivandrum and Alappuzha. Whenever possible I avoid this road and go via M.C road and A.C road even though it takes more time.

Interesting that you mention about the Trivandrum- Ayoor route. I travel this road frequently as my wife's home is just after Ayoor. It usually takes under 1 hour 15 minutes for me without indulging in rash driving - maybe because my home is at Trivandrum city's edge and I can join M.C road without touching any busy junctions and I also tend to avoid busy hours as far as possible.
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The biker coming down the wrong side had a narrow escape, he spotted the tumbling Alto in the nick of time and hightailed out of its path.

Is that the Alto driver thrown out of the car near the road shoulder?

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Saw these two vehicles on NH48. Not sure what happened.
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Truck hits Innova at Vizag. 5 seriously injured.
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Agreeing with your observations apart from the bit about M.C road. I don't travel much in northern districts, but I absolutely dread the NH stretch between Trivandrum and Alappuzha. Whenever possible I avoid this road and go via M.C road and A.C road even though it takes more time.

Interesting that you mention about the Trivandrum- Ayoor route. I travel this road frequently as my wife's home is just after Ayoor. It usually takes under 1 hour 15 minutes for me without indulging in rash driving - maybe because my home is at Trivandrum city's edge and I can join M.C road without touching any busy junctions and I also tend to avoid busy hours as far as possible.
I would like to add to this. I have been visiting Kerala once a year for the last 23 years, always driving or being driven around. Here is what I have noticed.

In the last ten years, Kerala's roads became several times smoother and easier to drive on. Along with that came an increase in the number of faster cars. Roads also became wider, though in most cases, not wide enough to have a median.

There were lots of blind corners earlier. Now the corners remain blind largely, but the road is now a smooth, sweeping curve where you feel confident to go around at a much faster pace. The broken and narrow roads earlier kept you on your toes all the time, and co-operation and precision driving were critical. The precision-driving was scary to outsiders, but for locals, it was a matter of skill and great co-operation. Trusting the other driver to pass inches from your bonnet required great belief in his skills, and most drivers possessed it.

The roads now do not call for co-operation, or skill. Now they cry out for driving fast, and taking risks, because the roads make you think you have the space to swerve. And people do take risks now. On my recent trip, I was scared by the amount of law-breaking and dangerous driving / riding I saw. Overtaking on blind curves, not sounding the horn, overtaking on the left... scary.

Death awaits everywhere on Kerala's roads, and people are too busy enjoying the better roads to care.
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The roads now do not call for co-operation, or skill. Now they cry out for driving fast, and taking risks, because the roads make you think you have the space to swerve. And people do take risks now. On my recent trip, I was scared by the amount of law-breaking and dangerous driving / riding I saw. Overtaking on blind curves, not sounding the horn, overtaking on the left... scary.

Death awaits everywhere on Kerala's roads, and people are too busy enjoying the better roads to care.
Constructive criticism is good, but to say death awaits everywhere on Kerala's roads is too much.
I have driven in almost all states and can confirm that so called safe riding exists only in Shillong, rest it is one and the same.

Please look at the below graphic for period 2004 to 2013.
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When New Year revellers decide to celebrate driving.

Location: Kumbanad, Kerala just outside my home.

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Some roads come very close to giving an impression to the contrary. On the e way from Pune to Mumbai there is a well known place just before starting the climb down the ghats, where a long downhill section that ends in a turn that tightens in the course of it can trap an unwary/inexperienced driver into running out of road before enough speed has been shed.


Correct. That is somewhere near Khandala. The fact that it is downhill adds to the inability to control speed at the entry to that turn. It is extremely crucial to start braking well before a driver approaches it.
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Saw this minor accident on ORR, near Marathahalli this morning. After falling down, the biker stood up immediately and there was no major injury. He should thank his lucky stars, as he was not wearing helmet and other vehicles were very slow due to traffic. Careless riding is the cause, not sure why some people are always in a hurry
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Received these on whatsapp. Would like NCAP to crash test the Indian spec Dzire, this being the country's largest selling car, and given that the rear structure of any car is supposed to be more rigid than the front.

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Watch out the aftermath in the second video captured in the another camera:

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Looks like the lady in red(not involved in the accident and was a bystander as seen in the video a few posts up) had a seizure triggered by the stressful situation.

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Received these on whatsapp. Would like NCAP to crash test the Indian spec Dzire, this being the country's largest selling car, and given that the rear structure of any car is supposed to be more rigid than the front.

The rear has completely caved in till the driverís seat due to that impact. Do you know if anyone was on the rear seats during the collision? I hope no one was hurt.
NCAP should totally test the Indian spec Dzire, as MSIL seems to be playing with 1,00,000+ customersí lives here.
On a side note, the Innova Crysta, by the looks of it, seems to be fitted with a front bull bar, but all 7 airbags have still deployed. Kudos to TKM for that.
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Received these on whatsapp. ...
Without any details of what happened to the vehicles?

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NCAP should totally test the Indian spec Dzire ...
No doubt. But not because of pictures circulated, without actual history, on Whatsapp.
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Received these on whatsapp. Would like NCAP to crash test the Indian spec Dzire, this being the country's largest selling car, and given that the rear structure of any car is supposed to be more rigid than the front.
So much for lighter yet "Strengthened" body structure . Gullible Indian customers falling for all blings and show-off conveniences. I am sure the upcoming tin-can is as unsafe as this garbage sub-4m vehicle. Will the customers learn their mistake only when they pay a big price?

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No doubt. But not because of pictures circulated, without actual history, on Whatsapp.
Quite. And not without an apples to apples comparison of how the outcome happened, speeds involved and so on - which is what a structured test does. I am also sure there are similar pictures available of cars that top the latest NCAP, in a similar state after an accident.
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