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Old 26th February 2011, 16:02   #166
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Need to improve on:
1. Muttering obscenities under my breath even when with family and on seeing some traffic offenders
Admire your honesty in accepting the habits which is a good way to reduce them. But Bangalore traffic is naturally stressful, seeing offenders and ignoring them is not an easy thing. I am yet to master this.

My usual driving habits:

1. Lowest possible use of the horn.
2. Seatbelts always on. Even for family. My four year old son refuses though, maybe we can reason with him when he grows up a bit. I used to get chest pains a few years back, realized that those seat belts were too tight. But our latest vehicle has a better adjustable system. No issues nowadays. On a side note, I get a something-is-missing feeling on an airplane seat since belts there dont have a shoulder strap.
3. Give way to pedestrian only after ensuring that no one crashes on the trunk from behind and pesky two wheelers don't cut across putting the pedestrian in mortal danger. That means sometimes I ignore pedestrians for their own good.
4. Switch off engine at red lights. Switch off AC. Switch it back on after starting.
5. Slowing down on stale greens.
6. Dont show weakness to two wheelers and three wheelers. They can sniff weakness pretty fast. Sorry, this is aggressive driving, I know. The idea is not to throw them out of the road, but to ensure that they dont turn unduly opportunistic.
7. Wave to people who give way. It is amazing to see how many wave back. Makes the trip happier.
8. Stay calm, listen to soft music.
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Old 28th February 2011, 11:17   #167
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Here are a few that I follow:

1. Avoid unnecessary honking
2. Park in a civilized manner; not to cause problems
3. Give way to pedestrians
4. Give way to those who pull carts or cycle rickshaws, bicycle riders, cattle/ horse pulled vehicles and I don’t honk at them either
5. No reverse parking alarms in the middle of the night; now not even in the daytime
6. Give way to those looking for a U turn
7. Give way to those stuck and maneuvering in traffic; rather than speed from beside them and leave them stuck
8. No high beam in city or highway
9. Never overtake from left; absolutely not on highway
10. Let the guy coming uphill have the right of way
11. Seat belts
12. Windows rolled up with debris around on road to avoid stray shards
13. Follow traffic signals and wait for a Green, even with blokes honking behind me
14. Handsfree only, no mobile use
15. Give way to ambulances, medical help vehicles, fire engines etc.
16. Wave and thank people who give me way
17. Keep headlights on in rain, fog, low visibility.
18. Wait patiently in queue if there is a jam up ahead; and totally hate if others cut across into the oncoming lane just to get ahead

Another bit, outside my car is I walk/ jog on opposite sides of the road to see the oncoming traffic. Early mornings are fun running times but there’s also another fool who’s headed home after a night of drinking.

There might be many more, but these for now.
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Hello all,

I tried searching for a thread regarding the personal "rituals/habits" (if you can call it that) that most of us perform but none were there. So I'm starting one and I hope it's something my fellow Bhpians would like. The habits/rituals could cover things that you do before you start the engine, when you see a particular vehicle on the road e.g. an ambulance, mail van, etc, any OCDs you have when it comes to driving, things you do when you are in a particular car, etc. I know many of my friends who have crazy habits and it'd be great for Bhpians to share their habits. It'd be a thread full of surprises, laughs and excitement I hope.

So here's my ritual before ignition :

1) Put my seatbelt on.
2) Place my phone and wallet in the cubby hole.
3) Search for my lighter and smokes, making sure they are accessible.
4) Switch on my phone's bluetooth and connect it to my car.
5) Say a little prayer my mom taught me. (That's one of the few prayers I know !)
6) Place the key in and start the engine.

Only on a few occasions do I fault the above ritual.

When I see an ambulance :
1) Switch off the stereo if on.
2) Say a little prayer.

When I see a mail-van : (something my girlfriend taught me)
1) Cross my fingers and wish for something. Don't say it out loud.
2) Keep my fingers crossed till you see a black car.

After parking :
1) Check if the wheels are in a perfect line.
2) If parked on the street, fold the ORVM that is facing on-coming traffic.
3) Lock the car twice. Always. (I get paranoid sometimes.)

So these are somethings I follow ! Hope to see more from you guys !
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When I see a mail-van : (something my girlfriend taught me)
1) Cross my fingers and wish for something. Don't say it out loud.
2) Keep my fingers crossed till you see a black car.

After parking :
1) Check if the wheels are in a perfect line.
2) If parked on the street, fold the ORVM that is facing on-coming traffic.
3) Lock the car twice. Always. (I get paranoid sometimes.)
Ditto ^ Above two points exactly the same for me.. I didn't know earlier if people did actually know that post-van thing but reading your habit, am sure people do follow it

Extension to the 2nd point - If parked at a tricky spot then after parking, get down and see how I could have done it even better and the space I left on the right,back and front of the car and check if its not going off-angle anywhere.

3) If parked at an unknown spot, then after getting down, peep from the windows and see if any costly,flashy thing(head unit,or ladies' purse etc) is left on the seat or is visible, to avoid unwarranted attention.

4) Quite fanatical about this. Make it a point to make sure that all the doors are locked once all the occupants are in, if have a central-lock button(eg. Swift) then press it as soon as all are in and if no central lock then ask all the door-side occupants to make sure they are locked(Love the cocooned-and safe-from-the-outer-world feeling)

5) If driving with the A/C off then I keep the my window 3/4th rolled up (my thinking, that much less pollution and dust entering the car ).

-Bhargav
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1) Put my seatbelt on.
2) Place my phone and wallet in the cubby hole.
Apart from the above two, I check whether the toll pass is visible to the toll booth guys. I also make sure that there are no coins in the vicinity of the gear box.

I had this bad habit of breaking knuckles before starting the car which over the period of time I managed to stop.
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Old 12th July 2013, 08:31   #171
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Due to the diesel vehicle I drive, there is a slight change in the order -
1. Start engine
2. Follow the rituals (An important one is to quickly glance at the DTE and fuel gauge) for the next (at least) 30 seconds and then only put the car in the first gear.

Same while coming to a stop. Complete all checks (wallet, seatbelt, quick glance on DTE, fuel gauge) and then leisurely turn off the engine
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Hello all,

So here's my ritual before ignition :

1) Put my seatbelt on.
2) Place my phone and wallet in the cubby hole.
3) Search for my lighter and smokes, making sure they are accessible.
4) Switch on my phone's bluetooth and connect it to my car.
5) Say a little prayer my mom taught me. (That's one of the few prayers I know !)
6) Place the key in and start the engine.
Couple of more things I do before starting the engine.

1. Make sure everyone's seat belts are on.
2. Glance through side mirrors to make sure all the doors are locked and in the groove.

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When I see a mail-van : (something my girlfriend taught me)
1) Cross my fingers and wish for something. Don't say it out loud.
2) Keep my fingers crossed till you see a black car.
Hearing about this for first time. What's the reasoning or rather what's the belief?
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Old 12th July 2013, 09:08   #173
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Hearing about this for first time. What's the reasoning or rather what's the belief?
I seriously have no idea but apparently it's a good omen.
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Setting off:
walkaround to check tyres and wipers properly situated.
Idle on startup and setup the ipod playlist.
seatbelt, chewing gum check.
Toll money extracted from wallet.
drive around my building saying goodbye to my bikes, apologising profusely to each of them, promising action soon.

Shutting down:
idle while ipod is disconnected, wallet/mobile phone are returned to pockets.
switch off all lights, walk around to check the tyres.
walk past the bikes to check if they are still mad at me.
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Starting-off:

1. Idle the engine for a about 3 minutes.
2. Pray for a safe drive.
3. Pray that no idiot bumps into my car.
4. Ensure all the doors are locked.
5. Check the ORVMs
6. Ease the her onto the road for the day.

Calling it a day:
1. Idle the engine for 3 minutes. (I do this if i travel more than 3 kms)
2. Power-off the AC, ICE, head lights, etc.
3. Thank God for the safe drive (I do this even if someone has scratched my car)
4. Power-off the engine.
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1) Put my seatbelt on.
2) Place my phone and wallet in the cubby hole.
3) Search for my lighter and smokes, making sure they are accessible.
4) Switch on my phone's bluetooth and connect it to my car.
5) Say a little prayer my mom taught me. (That's one of the few prayers I know !)
6) Place the key in and start the engine.

When I see a mail-van : (something my girlfriend taught me)
1) Cross my fingers and wish for something. Don't say it out loud.
2) Keep my fingers crossed till you see a black car.
Ditto, it seemed like reading my own ritual!
Just before turning the key, I do remember g.o.d.

From the second lot, I got curious to know whether it ever happened to you, no appearance of a Black car for long?
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wow, for me it's turn the key, put on the seatbelt, release parking brake and slot in gear at the same time, drive on. Takes me less than 10 seconds.

upon stopping, turn the key off, put in park, apply parking brakes, take the seatbelt off, get out.

an additional step is putting sunglasses on if it's sunny, but that's usually after I have started driving.
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Starting-off:

1. Idle the engine for a about 3 minutes.

Calling it a day:
1. Idle the engine for 3 minutes. (I do this if i travel more than 3 kms)
1. Is it advisable to do this for a Petrol engine too?
2. What the reasoning for idling please?
3. By this rationale, should one switch on the AC too only after engine is warm, or is it OK to start engine & AC in the same breath?
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Ditto, it seemed like reading my own ritual!
Just before turning the key, I do remember g.o.d.

From the second lot, I got curious to know whether it ever happened to you, no appearance of a Black car for long?
Why did you highlight black ? Cause my car is black ?
The catch is, it has to be another black car if your car is black !
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Besides most of the things you guys have already spoken about, theres this one thing that i always do that is i never start off in reverse directly. If there is a need to reverse out of a parking i slot into first gear move slightly ahead even if there is hardly and space and then reverse. I have no idea why i do it but it surely pisses my girl off every time .
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