The driver of my friend's car did maintain a relatively safe distance but was speeding to overtake. Both of them had their seat belts fastened on.
A thought on these lines, before I undertake any long journey on our highways, bothers me a lot.
Whatever the driver skill may be, chances are very very minimal to avoid collisions in such cases & there will not be any reaction time.
Recently was traveling at NH in speeds below 80 kmph on an empty road. Traffic was diverted to the opposite lane due to the construction work. There was 2 lorries one behind other on the first lane & with clear road in front of me for 1/2 a km, I attempted to overtake both the lorries with my headlight on & horns blaring.
Inspite of this, the second lorry decided to move to its right into my lane. He did that when there were enough gaps for me to brake hard and direct my wheels further right into the mud. Realising his mistake, he backed off.
Here I had a chance to run into the mud or to the bush in an attempt to avoid hitting him. But if there is a divider on my right, I could hardly do anything.
Last edited by Surprise : 25th March 2009 at 19:52.
As of now, I always accompany her. I wouldn't allow her to go solo till I get VERY confident.
Heartfelt thank you from another cochin driver
You are a bigger man than I am. I have stopped trying to teach my better half.
Originally Posted by Surprise
Whoever has a different opinion, please do contest here for the benefit of other bhp'ians
I doubt if anyone else will have a different opinion. In the scenario you describe, your goose is well and truly cooked.
Only way is to avoid overtaking, in situations like that.
if the space "looks" tight, it probably is, it is not worth attempting to overtake then. wait till the road widens out.
It helps to know that the lorry you are trying to overtake is in turn not trying to overtake another slowcoach. make sure there are no ditches, cyclists in front of the lorry that will cause him to change lanes while you're overtaking him.
complete your overtaking maneuver as quickly as possible. do not linger alongside the lorry.
be prepared for the lorry swinging right inspite of all your precautions. being prepared is half the battle.
Is there a ring of desperation there? What if no one wants to contest what you said?! LOL, will you now bang head?
Yes, you might be right there, as there may be a ring of desperation. If no one is going to contest, well I take that as fate that could not be avoided. If someone contest with valid reason I (we) take a lesson from that. Either way thats going to benefit us, hence I do not think an option where i need to
Sir, Iam open to get myself corrected, where Iam proved wrong . If I cannot do that on an online forum like TBHP, where else can that be done
Last edited by Surprise : 26th March 2009 at 22:52.