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Old 26th January 2016, 23:44   #6586
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For a change , we started early morning at 430 from Mangalore. Took us 6.15 hours including the breakfast stop at Kamat.

We encountered some of the heaviest fog I have ever seen on NH48 ( but nothing like the one I saw in December ). Hence , I was driving slow and cautiously. There were the occasional idiots who were driving with high beams and overtaking close even in such heavy fog. Visibility was down to a few car lengths at regular intervals between Mani and Hassan !

There were a couple of accidents we saw on the way just after Sakleshpur. At one place , there was a head on collision between a Bangalore bound bus ( Reshma travels ) and a Chevy Beat while there was another crash involving 3 cars at the speedbreakers just before Hassan. Easily a case of reckless driving and inexperience of driving in such heavy fog

Attaching a video of a near miss between an excavator and a tanker truck. The hapless truck driver can be heard honking desperately while the excavator driver is driving blind in the fog. Had it been one of those KA 51 cabbies instead of the truck , the story would have had a different ending for sure


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The hapless truck driver can be heard honking desperately while the excavator driver is driving blind in the fog.
It appears from the video that the truck was on the wrong side of the divider, on the fast lane, while the excavator in all probability didn't expect the truck there in the first place.
Driving through fog needs a lot of caution and slow manageable speeds to react to such situations.
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It appears from the video that the truck was on the wrong side of the divider, on the fast lane, while the excavator in all probability didn't expect the truck there in the first place.

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That's a 2 lane road with oncoming traffic. The median you see on the RHS is the separator for the bye-lane to park vehicles on the other side. So the truck was on the correct side , maybe the other driver had dozed off or maybe he was a newbie in that area and assumed that's a median with no oncoming traffic
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For a change , we started early morning at 430 from Mangalore. Took us 6.15 hours including the breakfast stop at Kamat.

We encountered some of the heaviest fog I have ever seen on NH48 ( but nothing like the one I saw in December ). Hence , I was driving slow and cautiously. There were the occasional idiots who were driving with high beams and overtaking close even in such heavy fog. Visibility was down to a few car lengths at regular intervals between Mani and Hassan !
Indeed it was one of the heaviest fog that I have encountered. I had left 5.30 from Puttur in my C5 and visibility was getting reduced further after 2 hair pin curves and till Hassan bypass the visibility was very poor. Add to that I saw many idiots driving very fast with no lights switched on in their cars, with near zero visibility it is a perfect recipe for disaster. Talking about the crash involving 3 cars, this is the case of not maintaining proper distance from the car ahead of you, I can say almost 90% of time newbies in this route miss to notice the speedbreaker in this spot and after noticing at the last moment, out of panic they apply brakes and end result is this. Whenever I reach this spot or any spot which has speadbreakers, I used to check my rear mirror first, just to be on safer side and avoid someone rear ending my bullet and running over me

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Indeed it was one of the heaviest fog that I have encounteredl



This was between Sakleshpur and Hassan. See the way the Getz driver just makes it in front of the tanker at 1.10
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Hi folks,

I'm travelling from Bangalore to Mangalore over the weekend 30 Jan. Wanted to check if Shirdi ghat Road is motorable? Will be driving XUV 500 and during day time. Thanks for the advice!
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Hi folks,

I'm travelling from Bangalore to Mangalore over the weekend 30 Jan. Wanted to check if Shirdi ghat Road is motorable? Will be driving XUV 500 and during day time. Thanks for the advice!
Yes. It is in good condition.
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Shiradi Ghat may close by Feb 10. Else the work may be pushed to December. Article in TOI
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Speed bump warning: For anyone travelling via Mulky to Mangalore in NH 66 / 17. There used to be a small culvert / bridge about 2 kms from Mulky bus-stand before the 2 laning started. While travelling by express bus years back, anyone sitting on the last row would jump up 2 feet when the bus went over this bridge.

This ought to have been fixed but alas it had not.

It a nice and fast stretch of road where you get to rev the engine. But then the bridge is just high enough to act like a big road hump. You will not scrape the underbody but there is very good chance to losing control over the vehicle if you don't know it's coming up.

I was going at 80 and the car was almost a foot off the tarmac. Also noticed a lot of swaying tyre marks on the road - typical of vehicles trying to regain control.

So, be careful.
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Had my first encounter with an Interceptor in this route today, just before the 2nd toll gate coming from Hassan and lost Rs.300. Never had seen one in my regular drives the past 6 years. I don't know how does one really maintain 80Kmph on this road.
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Had my first encounter with an Interceptor in this route today, just before the 2nd toll gate coming from Hassan and lost Rs.300. Never had seen one in my regular drives the past 6 years. I don't know how does one really maintain 80Kmph on this road.
Tough, isn't it? Were they positioned around a curve?

The online shopping sites should start selling radar detectors now.
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Tough, isn't it? Were they positioned around a curve?

The online shopping sites should start selling radar detectors now.
Exactly, a curve leading to a long straight.
We need a waze (https://www.waze.com/) like service now since our highways have become much better but speed limits are still in the stone age .
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Had my first encounter with an Interceptor in this route today, just before the 2nd toll gate coming from Hassan and lost Rs.300. Never had seen one in my regular drives the past 6 years. I don't know how does one really maintain 80Kmph on this road.
Same here. Around noon, we got bumped for over speeding. He said we were doing 110 in 80 zone. I told him it's impossible to maintain 80 on these highways, he said they do it once a month in different locations as they have to meet targets 😡
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Same here. Around noon, we got bumped for over speeding. He said we were doing 110 in 80 zone. I told him it's impossible to maintain 80 on these highways, he said they do it once a month in different locations as they have to meet targets 😡
Oh we must have just missed each other .
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Though I have gleaned lots of information from TBHP so far, this is my first post here Anyways, does anyone know if the NITK toll-booth has any exemptions for local (KA19, KA20) vehicles? I have heard/seen varying takes on this; I have myself been let go twice, stopped once in the last 10 days. Any such experience?
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