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Old 10th October 2007, 15:19   #1
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Default Bangalore- Pune- Aurangabad, new driver, please Help !

Hi All,
I live and work in Bangalore, Last month Iíve purchased Swift Vxi. So far Iíve driven 500Kms all in Bangalore city. I want to visit my home town (Aurangabad, Maharashtra) during Diwali time and thinking to drive down to Aurangabad (Bangalore Ė Pune- Aurangabad) Whole distance is roughly 1200 Kms one way.
I am regular traveler to Pune via NH4 and Iíve red the posts regarding the travel suggestions and the road condition of NH4 and they are quite helpful. But Iíve my doubts because of the following reasons

1. I am a very new driver. Driving my swift for 500 Kms is my major driving experience so far. Should I take this kind of long journey with this experience?

2.Car is only month old is it ok to take her for such a long drive?

3. Right now, I would be going solo, but looking for a partner who could accompany me at least till Pune. My wife would accompany me on the way back.

I am not looking forward to finish the journey in a record time, would take few long stop overís may be around Dharwad - Kohlapur and planning stay in Pune for a day. (Pune Aurangabad distance is around 250Kms
Few guys have already advice me to not to travel considering above mentioned points at least for some time till I get some experience
Guys, please help me, should I? Shouldnít I? Any additional advice?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10th October 2007, 19:50   #2
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Default Avoid driving alone

Avoid driving alone. Too much of a risk considering the lunatic truck drivers on the highways.
Instead, take an experienced driver who will initiate you to highway driving. You can slowly increase the hours behind the wheel. Highway driving is so very different from city driving.

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Avoid driving alone. Too much of a risk considering the lunatic truck drivers on the highways.
Instead, take an experienced driver who will initiate you to highway driving. You can slowly increase the hours behind the wheel. Highway driving is so very different from city driving.

Happy driving !!
In any case highway driving shouldnt be undertaken alone (to combat driver fatigue). One more idea would be to break up your travel into blocks of 250 -300 kms, take a longish break and halt at night. This way you can drive to Aurangabad.
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Old 11th October 2007, 18:26   #4
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Hi All,

1. I am a very new driver. Driving my swift for 500 Kms is my major driving experience so far. Should I take this kind of long journey with this experience?
If you don't have prior driving experience, it might be daunting to take on this trip. I would recommend against that.

Try driving to Mysore/Yercaud for a day trip to get the feel of highway driving and then decide if you are ready for longer distances.
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Old 14th October 2008, 15:32   #5
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Thumbs up Dont worry!! Tighten your seat belts & start...

Dont worry boss!! This happened to me too when I was new in driving. My father didnot stepped in the car till I got the permanent license!! (only 30 days from we bought the vehicle). Everybody used to caution me of driving. Once we went to some 250 km oneside temple; while coming back I drove some 100 odd kms. This built the confidence in me as well as in my family too.

As suggested above take a short distance trip & feel the risks & enjoyment & challenge in long drive. I think you should not worry at all. Driving at a speed on 60-80 (initially), & at good roads upto 90-100 will serve the purpose.

Another thing: why do you go to Pune? Instead from Solapur get on to NH 211 (Solapur Dhulia) via Tuljapur-Osmanabad-Beed to Aurangabad. This will save time & distance.

Dont worry boss. Bhagwan ka naam le kar shuru ho jao!
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Don't worry my friend. Everyone passes this stage in one time or other.

make sure you have all the maps and names of some of the in between villages. Because, sometimes, it will be difficult to ask a person and expect him to know the final destination.

Eicher map or its alternate is a must.
Make sure your Phone battery is charged and try to get the Mobile charger for the car.
Take break when you see a good place.
Also, make sure atleast half of your tank is full so you don't get disappointed by non availability of pumps or stock.
Enjoy your drive.

Cheers.
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Old 26th November 2008, 16:50   #7
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Arrow Limpid, awaiting the travelogue.

Limpid, awaiting the travelogue.
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Guys! A look at the dates ? Limpid was planning his drive in 2007.
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