Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Street Experiences


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 15th February 2007, 12:12   #31
Team-BHP Support
 
theMAG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 6,992
Thanked: 1,420 Times
Default

India has proven itself as a country where passive measures explicitly dont work. Besides in our country speed alone isnt the killer. Its the deadly mix of lawless pedestrians, insane motorists and speed that kills. Not to mention the so-called infrastructure.

This is a problem where the rot has started from the roots. Unless that issue is recognized and then addressed with a heavy hand, expect some population control via motoring to thrive.
theMAG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2007, 12:17   #32
Team-BHP Support
 
benbsb29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 7,971
Thanked: 3,388 Times
Default

I got my Learners licence converted to a permanent one (4 wheeler, Hyderabad) through my driving school agent, making me poorer by 1K. Would have given the test, but was tied up with my training at Infy. Hence, couldnt afford a day's leave for teh same. Got the permanent licence nicely laminated from the driving school instructor a few days later. Where did i actually learn to drive, u ask? I did my training lessons on the indica from the institute, and the remaining on test drive vehicles which included many from the likes of Swift, Ikon, Scorpio, and so on.
When i felt confident enough, bought my own car.

2 wheeler licence for a geared vehicle i obtained riding a TVS 50 (yup, u read that rite!!) from the RTO in Tamil Nadu.
benbsb29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2007, 17:44   #33
rks
BANNED
 
rks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ??
Posts: 1,237
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Samurai View Post
I guess it helped that for a change you weren't doing your usual speed, the 140...
Sure did help. Actually the driving school instructor warned me not to be over-smart and make overtakes during the test as that might piss off the inspector. All that was required to impress him was to be confident, and do the basics correctly (show signals, shift gears at right speed, get into 4th gear and drive around a little at about 40 kmph). Apparently one of the common mistakes made by the candidates is that they either do not shift to 4th (due to lack of confidence to move in traffic at 40 kmph) or else they shift too quickly and try to get to 4th at 20 kmph, with the car stalling and stopping. I am wondering how candidates trained by a driving school can even come close to such basic errors.
Quote:
If you are wondering, I really learnt car driving in USA a year later under a proper tutor in a Chevy Beretta.
A US or UK driving test is non-trivial and requires serious effort to pass. Wonder when our people are going to understand the importance of passing only those who can demonstrate genuine driving skills; just getting the basics right should not be enough, given the crowded and dangerous conditions on our roads.

Last edited by rks : 15th February 2007 at 17:47.
rks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2007, 18:25   #34
BHPian
 
madhav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 245
Thanked: 15 Times
Default

Driving schools and proper driving tests teach and authorize one's driving skills respectively. Who should be teaching people to drive "Responsibly"?
How many driving schools teach people road manners like Right of Way and the likes?Where are people going to learn about thinking twice before doing anything while driving? I'm sure most people just drive blindly not thinking of consequences of their actions on road.
Either use force and make sure people are scared and think because they can be penalized or else change the attitude!
1st option is easier!!!
madhav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 19:25   #35
rks
BANNED
 
rks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ??
Posts: 1,237
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by iraghava View Post
Would you believe it if I told you that I went to get my license converted to a permanent one through a contact of mine in the RTO & all the Inspector asked me (It was January so he sitting outside and soaking in the sun!!) was what college I was in. No test, no questions nothing at all!!
That is very surprising. I would say that this Inspector is either very irresponsible or trusts your contact to the point of taking his word for it that you can drive. Normally an Inspector will go through the motions of conducting a test, if only to make sure that he is not issuing a license to an individual who has no clue about driving.
rks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 22:16   #36
Senior - BHPian
 
vivekiny2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: cincinnati, jabalpur,chennai
Posts: 1,241
Thanked: 163 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by iraghava View Post
Would you believe it if I told you that I went to get my license converted to a permanent one through a contact of mine in the RTO & all the Inspector asked me (It was January so he sitting outside and soaking in the sun!!) was what college I was in. No test, no questions nothing at all!!
That's bad.
My inspector asked me where I worked, and if I knew how to drive.
vivekiny2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 23:49   #37
Newbie
 
bugatti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: bangalore
Posts: 21
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

I went to mysore a few weeks back(went to mysore after 3 odd years) and the highway was very nice except for mandya(jesus, somebody needs to give them an A for road destruction). The amount of sundry traffic like bullock carts, slow tractors was annoying. Also, when a bus/truck overtakes another bus/truck, these drivers don't understand that there are 4 other vehicles behind them that don't care for their overtaking a 65km/hr vehicle at 67km/hr. We had to slow down numerous times from 80, 100, 120 to 30-40 because of such retards.
The minibus met with misfortune(rearended a bus, which was now parked on the side of the road with barely any damage to it) just a min or so before we passed that spot.










bugatti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 23:49   #38
Senior - BHPian
 
satish_appasani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 1,029
Thanked: 42 Times
Default

In 1994, the RTA officer at my town asked me what car i drive. I answered Maruti and thats it, i got the license. Actually i learnt driving 2 years after getting my license.
satish_appasani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 23:54   #39
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 150 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rks View Post
That is very surprising. I would say that this Inspector is either very irresponsible or trusts your contact to the point of taking his word for it that you can drive. Normally an Inspector will go through the motions of conducting a test, if only to make sure that he is not issuing a license to an individual who has no clue about driving.
He should but in UP they don't bother. I have 2 licenses & have never been asked to give a Driving Test in all my life.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th February 2007, 11:50   #40
Senior - BHPian
 
Surprise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Chennai
Posts: 2,287
Thanked: 123 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theMAG View Post
Its the deadly mix of lawless pedestrians, insane motorists and speed that kills. Not to mention the so-called infrastructure.
One thing that is in our control is driving within controlled speeds with giving importance to those unexpected scenes. Driving at 80 kmph instead of 120 kmph gives you extra room to tackle third party disturbances for sure.
Surprise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th February 2007, 16:58   #41
Senior - BHPian
 
sajo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 2,525
Thanked: 709 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vivekiny2k View Post
That's bad.
My inspector asked me where I worked, and if I knew how to drive.
Uhh ohh...mine made jokes about my last name. And didnt even bother to sit in the vehicle. Just told me to go on a longish round of an EMPTY ground. And that was it.

Last edited by sajo : 20th February 2007 at 16:59.
sajo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th November 2007, 14:30   #42
BHPian
 
Hyundai.Lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 344
Thanked: 0 Times
Default Another Accident on Express way, Noida - Today (Nov 26,2007, approx 11:15 AM IST)



In context to this thread.. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...xpressway.html (Another Racing Death on Noida Expressway...)

Today i got this.....
Santro guy was fully loaded with family and was having a turn at approx 120 kmph @ as per police and slipped off the road and had a head on collision with the railing bar and then rolled off. Nobody died on the spot acc. to the police but were rushed to the hospital. Children were also there.

Press people were all over the place way from delhi to great noida side and making videos of all the vehicals.
Expected that they will Hype up all the news now and will make a good compilation all the vehicals moving above 100 kmph with their numbers.

This is the 4th major accident i had seen on express way.

Whom should we blame for this?
Govt. or the Janta or the companies?

Govt. - for not providing good roads and one good road like experss way and not giving instructions to the people how to drive carefully. Taxes are so much that companies can't sell their products acc. to the international norms here because of the high taxes and companies downgrades their cars. No Securty norms adopted by the govt.

Janta - They don't even care to know how to drive at high speeds. They are pretty happy to save even 10k bucks but they will not buy cars with good security like ABS, airbags etc. I had seen many fools driving their bikes on the extreme right lane (made for very high speeds) and few of them running their cars and bikes on the wrong side on the same high speed lane. These type of people should be in bars.

Companies - Downgrading the products for their profit and if someone gives quality products then the product fails miserably here in india due to high price.

BHPians - Show some light please.

Thanx.
Hyundai.Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th November 2007, 14:35   #43
Senior - BHPian
 
vnabhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: DC -> DC
Posts: 5,205
Thanked: 1,195 Times
Default

Gosh, that is one hell of an smash up! I hope they recover soon!
I could not make out it is a Santro.
Govt should put caution boards at most bends on such roads. My experience shows that most highway bends are dangerous to approach at speeds above 100, as the centrifugal force is just too much for the car to bear.
vnabhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th November 2007, 14:37   #44
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,852
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default

Hope everybody involved recovers. This is indeed a very bad accident!
but its a straight road with very gently curves. Where exactly did this happen?
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th November 2007, 14:40   #45
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,817
Thanked: 426 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)
Default

i blame it on the people. We dont follow rules on the highways and this will become a regular feature unless we learn to drive properly wit a strict lookout for the rules
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wat the Hell happened to Schumi??? Stratos Shifting gears 5 16th October 2004 20:52
Holy hell i just did it.... Revvmaster The Indian Car Scene 12 19th July 2004 17:54
Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? shravan316 Shifting gears 6 16th June 2004 03:28
Attitude - Who the hell is Enzo Ferrari? GTO The International Automotive Scene 16 29th March 2004 16:08


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 22:58.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks