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Old 16th April 2008, 01:30   #31
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Day driving:
Its good, we can attain and maintain three digits speedo. But if you are crossing certain cities, and if its the rush hour, you will be in a fix, especially three wheelers. Also the usual indian speed breaker, like cows, herds, etc creates a hell lot of problems.

Night Driving:
Its lot enjoyable, less traffic, easily see upcomming traffic, but can be very annoying by truck drivers who thinks using dipper will degrade their snob value.
also you have to watch out for those overtaking truck drivers, who will rather overrun you that to use their brakes or do extreme turns to save you instead. Well it has some reasons, but thats a different story.
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Daylight driving for all the sceinic routes and for all the dhaba/local highway food.

Definitely also enjoy night driving as you dont have to use the horn for overtaking, dippers and headlight signalling works in most instances. And of course less traffic.

Went to Gadiara [a river retreat some 100 km from Kolkata] in the dead of the night through rural road off NH6 about a couple of years back in M800 - really loved the drive, everything so quiet as the smooth road goes between villages and small mofussil towns, not a single vehicle encountered on the road once off NH6 - these roads really transforms themselves during the mid mornings and the evening time with all kinds of cyclists and pedestrians.

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Day driving:
Night Driving:
Its lot enjoyable, less traffic, easily see upcomming traffic.....
also you have to watch out for those overtaking truck drivers,...
Easily see upcoming traffic at night? Man do you have some kind of night vision installed in your car?

And why to let the slow moving trucks overtake you.. ? (max speed they'll ever reach with a TATA 1210 or an Ashok Leyland 'Tusker' is 75-80 Kmph, that too highly unlikely)
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With 6/6 vision and right pair of prescription glasses night driving anyday.
Cool air into the intake,engine at its best,No ac required hence no power loss
Dim,dip and zip.
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Easily see upcoming traffic at night? Man do you have some kind of night vision installed in your car?
It is easier due to headlight beams. On Indian highways however, some oncoming vehicles dont have their headlights switched on. Thats a killer situation!
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Easily see upcoming traffic at night? Man do you have some kind of night vision installed in your car?

And why to let the slow moving trucks overtake you.. ? (max speed they'll ever reach with a TATA 1210 or an Ashok Leyland 'Tusker' is 75-80 Kmph, that too highly unlikely)
Lolz you have very wild imaginations

1. upcomming traffic can be seen easily by their headlights from quite far away.

2. truck overtaking truck, in this case both comming towards you. Say you havn't encountered such situations...in single lane highways and hills.
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On Indian highways however, some oncoming vehicles dont have their headlights switched on. Thats a killer situation!
Vehciles don't have their headlights switched....yup seen one moron truck driver driving without lights but mostly it becomes his problem because he
won't see where he's going...
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Night driving requires a lot of patience and concentration. If you are dirving in a highway, it gets more stressful. It is mainly due to the fact that most of the on-coming vehicles do not dip their beams. I have come acrosss lots of instances where heavy vehicles drive with just one headlight.

It is very dangerous to overtake in dark highways at night, because it is very difficult to gauge the speed of an on-coming vehicle.

My personal opinion is that long distance night driving, especially in highways, should be done only if you have enough experience in the same.
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I find day driving safer.
Besides the points mentioned.. during the night its pretty dangerous when you suddenly come across barricades put up right in the middle of the road by these Highway police.
No one would be in sight checking anything but the barricades would still be there.

Moreover if you are not sure of the road there is no way you would be able to see speed breakers in the night.
The Mysore Bangalore Highway for instance has many speed breakers.
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I prefer day driving any time. Now it has become like get into the road after the sun has come. Hearing about more early morning accidents

Accident due to drowsiness is one major reason for accidents during late nights/early mornings. Truck/lorry/cab drivers drive without any rest resulting in drowsing/loss of concetration during such times. Hence its better to avoid night driving where the percentage of accident happening is higher comparatively
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And why to let the slow moving trucks overtake you.. ? (max speed they'll ever reach with a TATA 1210 or an Ashok Leyland 'Tusker' is 75-80 Kmph, that too highly unlikely)
Loaded, yes. Ever encountered an unloaded / unladen Tata 1210? Those guys can give you a run for your money!

On the topic, I love nights & early mornings. However, day or night, I love driving in the rain - keeps all the mischief mongers (autos / tractors / cyclists) off the road.
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Night driving anyday, all the trouble on the road are peacefully asleep in their home/shelter/shed. Drive at above average speeds to cover distances faster.Not for ones who love sleeping, full night drives takes a toll on the drivers.
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It is easier due to headlight beams. On Indian highways however, some oncoming vehicles don't have their headlights switched on. Thats a killer situation!
Yes... thats a scary situation...! I still remember my narrow escape from a head-on collision with a auto-rik, which came at breakneck speed with 4 or 5 passengers inside, without even the side indicator lights switched on...
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also you have to watch out for those overtaking truck drivers, who will rather overrun you that to use their brakes or do extreme turns to save you instead. Well it has some reasons, but thats a different story.
What does this got to do with night driving? You said upcoming vehicles can be seen easily at night, so at night you have a better chance to avoid such a situation, don't you?
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What does this got to do with night driving? You said upcoming vehicles can be seen easily at night, so at night you have a better chance to avoid such a situation, don't you?
Ofcourse! that a fact isn't it!

you have the control of your car only not others car! isn't that a fact too.
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