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Old 15th December 2010, 23:29   #196
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I myself do a lot of one hand driving, specially in the city, but in highways if you keep doing it you may get shoulder pain.

Specially in long drives you'll have to keep switching hands and give the other one a bit of rest.
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please let me know which patch from MP to Maharashtra is dacoit prone. i plan to drive from mumbai to bandhavgarh.
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LOL, Guns no but Rods yes !!No never got the chance to use them(thank god).. Actually there's a certain patch on the way from MP to maharastra which is decoit prone & u still have to wait & go in convoys which are escorted by a Police jeep at nights.

Actually I did some of the journeys ina premier padmini 77 model, so our car wasn't a fast one to run awya in emergency & hence the precautions
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Great info. Some extra snacks and drinks on board seem like a good idea to me.
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@technocrat: great stuff man!! i know it was written way back, but your points are defntly very useful to follow for roadtrips ! thanks a lot man. me and my frnds are going to goa this weekend in an i10! following your every point on the do's and don'ts. thanks a lot!
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Make sure you have couple of water bottles.. ensure right fluids while driving.

It is important that you and your co-passengers are frequently talking. If you are alone you should be talking to yourself.. sing a song. This will stop you from falling as sleep momentarily.

If you feel sleepy and tired pull the vehicle to some nice shade and get the break you deserve or find a quick dhaba and take rest.
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But many times I wonder, would'nt one hand driving while other is one is on the gear, help achieve better reaction times?
Stumbled upon this post just now. This practice is not recommended. It is clearly stated so in FIAT Linea owner's handbook.
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This practice is not recommended.
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Leads to synchroniser failure over a prolonged period of using the gear lever as a grab handle, and the car would then keep jumping out of gears. Good to know FIAT mentions it in their owner's handbook. IIRC Hyundai also used to mention something similar.
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This leads me to think, that a good armrest should be must for vehicles.
But somehow this component is only available in some very premium vehicles.
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A few weeks back, I was returning from Yercaud to Banagalore.It started raining heavily just after I crossed Salem. So, I reduced my speed from 120 to 80(Its a 4 lane road).I tried overtaking a slow-moving bus when the bus hit a big puddle of water right when I was on par with it. There was water all over my windshield and I had zero visibility for a few seconds. Fortunately, I wasn't close to the bus nor the median and there was no vehicle behind me. I applied sudden brake as I couldn't see what was ahead of me.

So, please be careful while overtaking other vehicles during rains.
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This leads me to think, that a good armrest should be must for vehicles.
But somehow this component is only available in some very premium vehicles.
It is a must specially on long drives. This is one thing i liked in Scorpio which has a comfortabloe arm rest.
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And on occasion when I have had dental pains, used clove.
"Dentogel" is excellent for relieving pain. It is a small bottle and can fit into the first aid kit. Put few drops on your hand and massage the gum where the pain is. Good relief
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Hi All,
I was just looking around on the net and some of these Chinese websites seem to be having pretty nifty electronics.
Of those , for long drives, I would imagine something like a high Res in car DVR would be a good idea to have ? what do you guys think ? Makes sense or a plain waste of money. +/- Comments welcome !
Links for one of them: 1080P with Motion Detection !

Eagle Dash Cam - 1080p Full HD Car DVR (HDMI, SD, Motion Detection)


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I quickly searched this thread and didn't find any results for the search, so I am posting this tip.

Carry dryfruit in the car. Get it packed in say 100gm packets or 200gm packets. Keep a few packets in the car. They are good nutrients and in case you have to go without food, they can help you survive. Also they are not easily perishable (make sure they are stored in ziplock bags or airtight containers for added safety).

I recently bought a few flashlights which have an LED bulb inside. I originally had an Everedy flashlight which threw its light far away. Now I have a similar strength one but with LED. The result is the batteries in the LED flash will last much longer. There's a smaller one which is rechargeable. This one can stay lit for a few hours on a single charge. Ideal for storing in the car, as you don't have to worry about draining the batteries. Also if you have a car charging socket, you could recharge this flashlight on the car battery.

It would also be good if the batteries were stored separately, but it's usually very clumsy.

Someone had mentioned a bucket and a mug. Now, not all cars can accomodate this on a travel. So carry a five litre can of water and a few paper/pastic cups. The cups could also be used for drinking water/tea etc.

I have assembled a small toolkit which includes:

1. Ratchet handle (Rs. 450)
2. Spanners of three different sizes most typically required (one for the wheel lug nuts, one for the carrier nuts and one for the headlight adjustment nuts - this one also fits the wiper nuts and came in handy last week!) (Rs. 85 each)
3. A set of screw-drivers, each having a flat end on one side and a plus end on the other, a short screwdriver of about ten inches, and a long one of about a foot. (Rs. 150 for both)
4. A small plier (good for pulling out fuses, removing insulation from wires or even cutting wires, removing small nails) (Rs. 70)

(Note: Prices are approximate and may change)

A ratchet handle with the spanner makes it terribly easy to tighten or loosen nuts, because you don't have to turn the handle 360 degrees. Especially good when working in a restricted space such as the engine bay. Also I have used it more than once on my wheels, so it's equally good in strength to the standard wheel spanner provided with the car. It can also double up as a hammer in an emergency.

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I have assembled a small toolkit which includes:

1. Ratchet handle (Rs. 450)

(Note: Prices are approximate and may change)

A ratchet handle with the spanner makes it terribly easy to tighten or loosen nuts, because you don't have to turn the handle 360 degrees. Especially good when working in a restricted space such as the engine bay. Also I have used it more than once on my wheels, so it's equally good in strength to the standard wheel spanner provided with the car. It can also double up as a hammer in an emergency.
Can you please post a picture of the ratchet handle? I googled for it and found too many images, each one dis-similar to the other.
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Can you please post a picture of the ratchet handle? I googled for it and found too many images, each one dis-similar to the other.
I searched google images and most of them are identical in function, though they may differ a little in form.

Here's one image I found which is closer to the ratchet handle/wrench that I have:

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Do not go for any Chinese products, go for a good and reputed brand. Ask a hardware store owner for advice in this matter. The one I have has a rubberized handle for good grip. I have used it a couple of times to change flat tyres on my Santro and the wrench has stood by me (once I too stood 'on' the wrench, when a particularly tough nut refused to move). So I can vouch for its strength.
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