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|26th February 2008, 20:57||#46|
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Can others please comment on the last observation (see above) of morphin1?
|29th February 2008, 13:09||#47|
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Safari V/s Sedan - insights from Mumbai
I have a different take on this - from Mumbaikar perspective specially
Higher you are - better it is for you!
#) With the uneven-ness, occasional craters, falling political hoardings/ lamp-post mounted boards, fallen traffic police drums used as road dividers Mumbai roads beg you to use a steel frame reinforced tractor - not so in Delhi where roads are lot better.
#) you might be better off in Mumbai monsoons in a Safari- with diesel engine and roof thats that high - chances that you will not drown easily in occasional rains.
Line of sight - information is everything
#) Safari gives you great line of sight to locate hiding "mama" (i.e. traffic policemen) - so that you can make informed decision about jumping signals or obeying.
#) About out-doing traffic jams - Safari owners also benefit from better line of sight allowing them to locate which lane has a jam.
Size does matter - (Handling matters - but size talks)
#) Safari also makes you on par with pilot vehicles around a politician's car - the "commandos" think twice/thrice before throwing abuses at you as you are sitting above them (they usually ride a Gypsy or Qualis - in Mumbai - and they still abuse never-the-less guess they have carbines that have better negotiating power)
#) As a Mumbai sedan driver you are prone to being intimidated by taxi-walas, Innova owners, dump trucks, vans and BEST buses - Safari owners do have a relatively better bargaining position.
#) Maneuvering is supposed to be easy in a sedan - but in Mumbai traffic its Safari that wins hands down - just put the indicator on and you will see space created for you!!
#) with Safari you can overcome occasional broken dividers, sand and construction equipment (cement bags, steel rods etc) with ease
#) As regards parking - where does one get that in Mumbai???
Hope everyone got the sarcasm and no one does anything illegal on Mumbai streets - Safari owners please spare me - I drive an Ikon and don't want to cross roads with you while I am at it!!
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