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Old 5th December 2013, 13:49   #151
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Great idea,

I assume one will also have to pay for some hardware box that has a SIM card or does the rental cover this cost?

Can it give us a GPS like update on where the vehicle is? This way if my son or mom is in the car I can tell if the chauffer has not driven off with them!
Ideally, it should work almost real time, giving the exact location etc. We tried it on a trial basis for some our our buses,but it did not work. If it worked well, I think it is a good solution. Again, as it was a trial basis, I did not pay anything. As far as I remember, there was an initial cost, followed by rentals.

MapmyIndia seem to have something similar. http://www.mapmyindia.com/tracking

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We have 4 Drivers at home and All of them are employed by us for past 27-29 Years. And I am 25 Years old.

The way they take care of all the cars is worth seeing. They are very competitive in cleaning the car and compare with each other.

And they very particular about the services and Tyre. They would start reminding us about 1000 kms before the cars service.

And I trust them More with my personal cars than my Wife. I wish she doesn't read this.
Waisa getting In the range of 20-25 K a month is very handsome for a driver at least.

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Old 5th December 2013, 14:26   #153
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I'm sure many would empathise with your sentiments & plight. I was, like you,very fond of driving at one time (still am if I get a nice enough stretch). But with increasing congestion both in the cities and on highways, the terrible surfaces and the boorish road manners of the general populace, that pleasure has plummeted to zero and at times negative levels.
I do not keep a driver for the reasons you have listed out so succinctly.
Which is precisely the reason why I succumbed to the charms of automatic transmission. While it still cannot completely eliminate that surge in blood pressure that invariably occurs while driving through our streets filled with our amiable fellow motorists, pedestrians and other animals it does take a fair amount of stress away.
My suggestion to all those who want to reduce stress (and wish to drive themselves) is to go the automatic way.
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I'm sure many would empathise with your sentiments & plight. I was, like you,very fond of driving at one time (still am if I get a nice enough stretch). But with increasing congestion both in the cities and on highways, the terrible surfaces and the boorish road manners of the general populace, that pleasure has plummeted to zero and at times negative levels.
I do not keep a driver for the reasons you have listed out so succinctly.
Which is precisely the reason why I succumbed to the charms of automatic transmission. While it still cannot completely eliminate that surge in blood pressure that invariably occurs while driving through our streets filled with our amiable fellow motorists, pedestrians and other animals it does take a fair amount of stress away.
My suggestion to all those who want to reduce stress (and wish to drive themselves) is to go the automatic way.
I also agree to your point that automatic is the way to go. Infact my last car was an Automatic and the comfort that it provided me was beyond belief. I drove that car for 6 years and ever since I sold it I always miss an auto transmission. It doesnt solve all your problems but reduces them to a great extent, the only negative being increase in running costs since most of the affordable automatics are petrol powered and give low mileage as compared to diesels.
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Ideally, it should work almost real time, giving the exact location etc. We tried it on a trial basis for some our our buses,but it did not work.
MapmyIndia seem to have something similar. http://www.mapmyindia.com/tracking
Johy, why did it not work? Were the maps of your area not available?

I guess GPS tracking has become quite common I found many companies in India doing the same thing however most of the models seem to be target fleets. At Rs. 10,000 per year plus the cost of hardware I don't know if individual car owners would find enough value.

Some links I managed to google. There were hundreds of companies so I just linked to the ones which had the more comprehensive websites.

http://www.phoenixsecure.in/GPS-tracker.php
http://gps.digilogsystems.com/
http://www.bannariinfotech.com/aboutus.htm
http://www.sstracking.com/Default.aspx
http://www.3rdeyeindia.in/contact_us.php
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Johy, why did it not work? Were the maps of your area not available?

I guess GPS tracking has become quite common I found many companies in India doing the same thing however most of the models seem to be target fleets. At Rs. 10,000 per year plus the cost of hardware I don't know if individual car owners would find enough value.

Some links I managed to google. There were hundreds of companies so I just linked to the ones which had the more comprehensive websites.

http://www.phoenixsecure.in/GPS-tracker.php
http://gps.digilogsystems.com/
http://www.bannariinfotech.com/aboutus.htm
http://www.sstracking.com/Default.aspx
http://www.3rdeyeindia.in/contact_us.php
Hi Navin,

Here the Docomo network isn't very good. So sometimes we could not see the bus on the map. Or it would show up late, that kind of thing. So we gave it up.
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Hi all, This thread is about common people like us who spend lakhs of rupees on buying our favourite car so that we can enjoy the pleasure of driving it but because of the busy professional lives we seldom get a chance to drive our dream car.

Be it a good or a bad chauffeur it always feels bad to handover your precious car to an unknown person for driving even after knowing that his driving acumen and skills cant match to the expectations of the owner. So, With this thread I would request you to share your thoughts as to what you prefer i.e Self Drive or Chauffeur's Drive?

However good a Chauffeur may be but the only thing they have on stake is their monthly salary and apart from that they have nothing to loose even in the worst case like a road accident. But, What does the owner have at stake?

Owner's stake is the hard earned money that went to buy the car in first place. Secondly, Chauffeurs do not invest on the car's maintenance rather the owner's money is spent.

Have you ever noticed the rampant Petrol/Diesel syphoning from your car? This issue is very old but is rampant even now. We can be alert at a petrol pump while filling fuel in our cars but have you all ever noticed any unprecedented fall in the fuel gauge and needle? Have you ever asked your Chauffeur or did a surprise check?

Out of 10 times people like us can catch hold of these types of culprits just once or maybe twice. Their standard answer is "Gaadi ka petrol khatam hogya Sir" and we keep wondering about it.

Honestly, When a owner drives his/her car then chances of rash and negligent driving are far less until one is driving under influence which I believe is a rear case. But, Have anyone of us ever checked upon our Chauffeurs?

In my personal opinion I assume that owners are far more attached and concerned of their vehicles than any other third person.

With this thread I look forward for lot of views regarding the best way of driving one's car.

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