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Old 21st January 2010, 17:11   #16
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Thumbs up The Highway Dhaba Wallah.

From my experience of over 15 years of riding/driving, I vote for the Dhaba Wallahs who I feel and have experienced, are the most helpful people on the highway.
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Old 21st January 2010, 17:23   #17
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The most helpful person on highways would be the person at toll collection booth. We were returning from Nathdwara to Baroda last sunday and did not know where to stop for lunch. This fellow at the booth guided us to a good place when we asked for help.

The most helpful thing on the highway specially during night driving is the radium kind of stickering you would see all over highways of Gujarat. It was really helpful to know of the turns etc.

Last but not the least, Helpful person, though not exactly on highway would be Mr HVK. His travelouges are a great inspiration as is his help with the routes.

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Old 23rd January 2010, 01:05   #18
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My vote for localities for near by places or to get something quick(food, gas etc), truck drivers for long routes
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One thing that is missing in Indian Highways and could become everyones hot favorite is the 'singing shoulders'.
Saved my life couple of times in US.
In India it has to be the 'check point/naka' of police.
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Old 27th January 2010, 00:48   #20
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One thing that is missing in Indian Highways and could become everyones hot favorite is the 'singing shoulders'.
Saved my life couple of times in US.
In India it has to be the 'check point/naka' of police.
Is singing shoulders the same thing that is at the end of the Expressway (Pune side)? It's like small rumbles painted yellow colour. You can even find then on E.E.H in Mumbai
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Is singing shoulders the same thing that is at the end of the Expressway (Pune side)? It's like small rumbles painted yellow colour. You can even find then on E.E.H in Mumbai
Never been to Pune!
But you can cross check here Rumble strip - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ones I am talking about are made by scooping/raising asphalt on shoulders.
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Old 27th January 2010, 01:18   #22
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The most helpful people on road are the local people

They help in directions, act as a guide to the nearest petrol bunk, eating joint or anything you need and most of them dont expect anything in return.
I am not totally convinced with this detail.
In many situations, i realised that local people in the villages/small towns u find on the highways, would know only a small radius of their village well. They wont be able to guide you on ur highway travel.
And also, the number/distance they give out are usually flawed.

In medium sized towns, a good help would be the taxi/jeep wallas infront of the local bus-stand.
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Ohh this is so Simple. There are two things that are helpful. Toilets is the First. the Second is..... MORE POWER!!!
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An interesting food for thought. My votes go to:

1. My wifey, who's my companion and navigator on those long drives.
2. The car's music system (volume turned down).
3. Long distance truckies for the assistance and guidance they provide, be it best route from A to B, if you're in some car trouble or just having a short chat with them. They are full of interesting stories on the road to your destination or the destination itself.
4. Ciggs and cold beverages to keep me fresh even for 12-20 hour drives.
5. Good dhabas for relishing some yummy local cuisine.
And last but not the least
6. Open air toilets (mera Bharat Mahaan)!

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I am not totally convinced with this detail.
In many situations, i realised that local people in the villages/small towns u find on the highways, would know only a small radius of their village well. They wont be able to guide you on ur highway travel.
And also, the number/distance they give out are usually flawed.

In medium sized towns, a good help would be the taxi/jeep wallas infront of the local bus-stand.
+1 to that. I have been misdirected by local people enough times that I have stopped asking them for directions.

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Old 2nd February 2010, 14:28   #25
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For me its myself.

For every journey; I prepare myself, the car and the folks travelling with me.

Consider worse case scenario and then be prepared for it.

If I need to travel to places where I know I have no chances of receiving help or helping myself I go alone - long bike rides mostly.
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