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First, let’s get the obvious out of the way – get your car serviced and make sure everything is as it should be; top up or replace oils, coolant, lights, wiper blades and tyres; and carry all your car’s documents. Okay, now that we are now done with that, let’s talk about some not-so-obvious guidelines to make your drive safer and more comfortable.
This is the most important point in this article. Everyone in the car, including rear-seat passengers, must be belted up at all times. Not only can it save your lives in an accident, it will also save you from getting bruised if you speed over an unmarked speed breaker (found aplenty in India) and hit your head on the roof or those hand grips over the windows.
It’s always good to have a second driver, just in case you fall ill on the way or get tired. You wouldn’t want your passengers to get stuck in the middle of nowhere, is there is no one else to take over. This is especially important if it’s a long drive, or a challenging one, like the drive to Ladakh.
Carry a spare key, but don’t keep it in the glove box or in a bag stored in the boot. Keep it with you, but don’t keep both the keys together. It’s a good idea to let someone else hold on to the spare key.
Carry a couple of old newspapers as they make excellent window cleaners and also act as effective carpets for muddy shoes.
Preserve the toll receipts till the end of the trip. That’s because if you are stopped by the authorities for driving an out-of-state registered vehicle, the toll receipts will prove that you are passing through and not a permanent resident of that state. Yes, your driving license and car papers should prove that, but keep the toll receipts too as another line of defence.
Follow all the rules of traffic. You wouldn’t want to get your license confiscated by the traffic police so far away from home. Also, some places might have particular rules that you may be unaware of. For example, in Chandigarh you can be fined for smoking while driving. Motorists have been stopped by the Gujarat traffic police for not having a yellow strip on their headlamp. In Karnataka, pillions are prohibited on bikes with less than a 100cc engine capacity.
If you want to reach your destination faster, making fewer stops is more efficient than stepping on the throttle. So try and minimise your stops if you want to make time. Carry liquids and snacks to have on the go. Though you will find fuel pumps along all major national highways, finding pumps on state roads might not be so easy. Get your tank topped once the needle drops below half a tank. Actively scout for a pump if your fuel level drops to a quarter of the tank. Also remember that all pumps will have diesel, but some of them may not have petrol.
Here’s a rough rule of thumb to plan your drive with respect to the time it will take. On the highway, you will take an hour for every 50km, so a 200km drive should take about four hours. This is just an approximation. And while on the subject of planning your drive, it’s a good idea to leave at first light, as the traffic is lighter and the weather will be better. Moreover, it will give you a buffer time in case you have a breakdown or a puncture.
While we have some fantastic roads criss-crossing the country, what’s missing are clean washrooms. While it may not be too much of an issue for men, it can be a real issue for women. So when you come across a clean washroom, make use of it because you don’t know when you will find the next one. And yes, carry toilet paper. ‘Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs’. Don’t throw anything out of the car. Please keep a bag inside for all your waste and dispose it when you reach your destination.
That brings us to the most important point in this article. Indian roads are the most dangerous in the world. It’s a fact, accept it. Vehicles will come at you from the wrong side, bikers will suddenly swerve across the road in front of you, there will be unmarked obstructions, pedestrians and animals will jump out on the road from behind bushes and no amount of shouting profanities at them will help. What you can do is stay vigilant every moment. Leave your ego and anger at home. Keep yourself calm and patient. Remember, you want to have a nice holiday and not spend your time at the police station, a workshop or a hospital. Have a safe driving holiday.
Engine oil and coolant
The engine oil keeps the engine components lubricated while the coolant keeps the temperature under check. Both fluids play an integral role in the motor’s working, and need to be checked prior to the trip, especially since coolant levels can drop during long drives.
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The Supreme Court has adjourned the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case to May 15. The Ayodhya dispute was heard by a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra and comprising of judges Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, [...]
As the monsoon rains start in Bangladesh, there are grave concerns for refugeesFor 14 terrifying days, Nabil Alam, his wife and nine children trudged through the jungles of northern Myanmar to reach the border with Bangladesh. The entire way, Alam looked over his shoulder for soldiers or local militia groups armed with clubs and knives.That was eight months ago. Now, in the refugee camps of south-east Bangladesh, he is anxiously watching the sky, awaiting the dark clouds that will soon drench the area in months of monsoon rain.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". Related: As the monsoons approach, the Rohingya refugees are desperate for hope | Lisa Singh and Andrew Broad Continue reading... [...]
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Playing only his second IPL game on Friday, Delhi batsman Prithvi Shaw scored his maiden fifty and became the joint-youngest player to do so in the history of the league. Shaw reached his fifty in 37 balls against KKR and proved why many consider him 'one for the future'. [...]
Follow Match No.26 of IPL 2018 between DD and KKR here. [...]
In the absence of a vaccine that works, and against a backdrop of growing drug resistance and dwindling financial support, the global decline in malaria cases has stalled. Physician Alex Kumar visited a research site on the Thai-Myanmar border, where genetic mutations in the parasite causing the disease have rendered treatment ineffectiveAll photographs by Alexander Kumar Continue reading... [...]
A 25-year-old-woman who was working with a private firm was allegedly raped by the friend of Ola cab driver in Greater Noida on Thursday night. It is learnt that the the woman had booked an Ola cab from sector 126 to [...]
Asaram believed that sexual exploitation of girls is not a sin for 'Brahmgyani' or a highly enlightened person, a prosecution witness had deposed to the court during the trial that ended on Wednesday in a life-long jail term to the self-styled [...]
Chennai, Apr 26: The Apollo Hospitals today informed the Madras High Court that it does not have the biological samples of J Jayalalithaa collected during her treatment in 2016. In an affidavit filed before Justice S Vaidyanathan, hearing a [...]
Ludhiana, Apr 26: A woman died while 23 persons were injured, some of them seriously, after a gas cylinder exploded in a labour colony in the Giaspura area here today, police said. Sunita Rani (40), who was badly burnt in the [...]
A reader from India says that damning western attitudes towards skin-lightening creams are hypocritical and ignore non-west beauty normsYour article (Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped?, 23 April) seems to imply that people who want fairer skin are irrationally endangering themselves. However, I see this as a west-centric understanding that fails to empathise with the fact that fairer skin is a beauty norm in much of the non-west, much like being thin or slim is a beauty standard in the west. Conversely, traditional South Asian beauty standards value a “healthy” or “plump” physique for women, which is an indicator of belonging to a family that is reasonably well-off.Yes, as an Indian woman, I do want fairer skin. And no, I would not use creams containing dangerous chemicals, because I respect myself too much for that. But I would use home remedies that my grandmothers and great-grandmothers have used for over a century – turmeric, chickpea flour, yoghurt, rose water – if they can help me feel better about myself and, yes, attract the attention of the opposite sex. Isn’t that a most human desire? What makes it OK to devalue non-western women’s quests for better self-esteem? Continue reading... [...]
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Delhi High Court verdict which had acquitted Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief, Shibu Soren in murder of his private secretary in 1994. It refused to interfere in 2007 verdict of HC which had set [...]
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Volkswagen Motorsport India announced that it will be developing and building customer cars for its customers to compete in FMSCI India National Rally Championship (INRC). It will be preparing cars to compete in all three categories of the championship – INRC, INRC2 & INRC3.
To showcase the performance of their cars, the German brand will officially compete in the INRC and INRC2 categories in the first race of the season in Chennai, this weekend. The INRC car will be driven by former FMSCI President and national champion, Vicky Chandhok, while Phalguna Urs will pilot the INRC2 car. Chandhok will compete for only one race but Phalguna will continue driving the Volkswagen Polo INRC2 car throughout the 2018 season.
Chandhok, who will be returning to motorsports after 18 years, will be driving the Volkswagen Polo R2 rally car; his co-driver for the race is Chandramouli, from Benglauru. According to the 61-year old veteran, he will take the decision of racing in the following rounds of INRC depending on his performance in the first race. His son, Karun Chandhok, is the second Indian driver after Narain Karthikeyan to compete in F1 and had also raced at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, last year.
Commenting on the announcement, Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “After our global success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for four years on the trot, Volkswagen Motorsport changed its focus to developing customer cars globally and we followed suit here in India, too. We have developed cars for potential customers across all three categories, for individuals who wish participate in competitive rallying.” [...]
But is it a genuine energy solution – or just a prop for the Carmichael mine? • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonGodda, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, is surrounded by the country’s most productive coalmines. It will soon also be home to the Adani group’s latest coal-fired power station, a plant built for the sole purpose of sending energy across the border to Bangladesh.Adani has framed its planned 1,600-megawatt Godda power plant as a humanitarian venture. In a statement to Guardian Australia, the company said it had acted “in the large interests of our neighbours, the people of Bangladesh” by inking the deal.But market analysts say the supply agreement is anything but benevolent. The tariffs quoted by the Bangladesh Power Development Board are about double the current cost of solar and wind power in India. Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Related: As a grazier I rely on water. Adani’s latest plans put our future at risk | Bruce Currie This is a good project for Bangladesh if it takes off Continue reading... [...]