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|2nd January 2008, 17:24||#16|
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|2nd January 2008, 17:33||#17|
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It was holi in 2005. I am driving with my wife in a petrol Accent to Guntur from Hyderabad on the National Highway .
I see a group of 20 ~ 30 people throwing holi powder on the passing by vehicles.
They have blocked a truck and I get on to the right hand side lane.
I am not stopping.
but don't have a choice as they have blocked the entire way.
I honk and try to pass.
They are intent on creating trouble.
They realise I am getting thru and so they lift the car's front up.
I don't accelarate anymore.
My worry is that they might suddenly drop the front and I will drive right into them.
My defense is keeping my wife calm and not doing or saying anything.
I am not displaying any emotion at all.
Just looking at them but now I have the car in reverse gear.
I look at the truck and realise that he is backing up.
My car tires touch the road and I race back.
The gap created between these idiots and the truck is enough to get me thru.
One of them flings a stone, cracking the rear light assembly.
but I am off.
A km or two away I see a similar crowd around a dead kid on the road.
Was this kid knocked down by a victim of these guys who was now going tooo fast.
keep your cool with you all the time.
|2nd January 2008, 17:46||#18|
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I bought a can of pepper Spray for a friend working in the night shift at a BPO.
It is available at all Health and Glow shops. And there are so many of them. It is pretty easy to buy one.
It is expensive though. Rs500/- Of course, if it saves your life or dignity one day, you wouldnt care.
|2nd January 2008, 18:45||#19|
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I do have a pepper spray in my car. Corolla has a small compartment next to the steering wheel as if it is made for the spray!!
I was **** scared when surrounded by four bikers when returning from Forum after a late night movie. Apparently they were harmless dudes, but the fact that I was surrounded by bikes gave me a scare. Next thing, bought a pepper spray and kept it in the car. Never had to use it in the last two years and I hope it stays that way.
But yes, all lethal weapons can be used against you yourself and not advisible.
|2nd January 2008, 20:08||#20|
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Know your spray!!
Pepper spray, oleoresin capsicum (OC), is a natural substance derived from the oily resins found in cayenne and other varieties of pepper. Contact with OC in a sprayed mist induces an immediate and intense burning sensation of the skin but especially impacts the eyes causing them to slam shut, burn, tear, swell. Also, the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and sinuses burn, swell and make breathing difficult. In fact, even though tear gas is fairly nasty, it does not have the same inflammation and swelling effects of OC. Plus OC will not degrade over time like tear gas. People under the influence of drugs or who are otherwise oblivious to pain may be able to keep their eyes open when sprayed with tear gas but not so with OC. When sprayed in the eyes, the eyes will involuntarily slam shut whether they feel pain or not. This temporary blindness causes fear and disorientation allowing you to escape and get help.
Two things about it that you should remember
1) DO NOT TRY THIS OUT FOR THE HECK OF IT. if you spray this in a room, you will not be able to enter it for the next 3 hours easily.
2) People who under the influnce of alcohol will take longer to feel the effect, so put in a second spurt of spray to keep the effect longer.
While on the subject, AFAIK, Stun guns/tasers are illegal in India.
|3rd January 2008, 09:36||#21|
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|3rd January 2008, 10:15||#22|
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Yeah offcourse if u have the wheel spanner u need to learn how to use it too but then same goes with the pepper spray na.If the attacker get the pepper spray in his hand you are in the same position as if he gets the wheel spanner in his hand.
|3rd January 2008, 10:16||#23|
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always be on the lookout for trouble, doesnt have to be holi, christmas or new year. best advice anyone can give , is to stay in the car. broken glass can be repaired.
always plan an escape route. if there is a wall of people in front, stop a good distance away, observe what they are doing. if there is a clear way forward, approach cautiously, all the while making sure that there is an opportunity to turn and run.
if there is no path through, its best to go offroad, or turn around.
A reverse 180 turn would be a useful skill to have., so is a handbrake turn,(please practise in a deserted playground)
using a weapon never works out right. pepper spray is a better option.
using the car as a battering ram is only the last, lifesaving/family saving option. be prepared for manslaughter/homicide/grievous bodily harm charges.
never let the vehicle stop when danger is present. its should be inching forward or backward all the time while you are looking for a way out. the rolling start will be useful in getting away quicker.
on a deserted road,area, the options for escape are usually greater.
in a mob situation, keep the vehicle well away from the mob. the trick is to spot the trouble brewing and stop your vehicle at a good distance away from them.
|3rd January 2008, 10:24||#24|
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How safe is the car?
Agreed that in the Car you are far more safe than outside.
However.. can anybody shed light on the safety aspects of the car? I mean is it possible to break the window glass with a heavy object? Are there any other weak-spots in a car we need to be aware of?
I'm not talking about any particular model.. just a typical car.
|3rd January 2008, 11:00||#25|
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There is a lot that can be done to stop a Car.
But thats only if the mob is organised and prepared to seriously harm you.
and about breaking glass with a stone, yes very much possible as the window glass is not laminated (atleast not as much as the windscreen).
unless you are in a Car geared up for Riot control or with bullet proofing done, stay away from trouble and be aware of whats going on.
|14th January 2008, 18:07||#28|
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k36 - From personal experience of having been in a mugging (my car hit a bike suddenly put in front of me to cause an accident - by people wanting to then extort money !!!) ...the car Ford Ikon(my own - now sold) I was in was pretty tough. Here are my observations:
|6th February 2008, 23:18||#29|
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