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About SK01

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  • Birthday 10/12/1996

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    A crazy SUV guy, Traveler, Photographer, Wildlifer.

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    Hyderabad

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    Photography, Long Drives, Camping, Wildlife

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    Student, Business

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  1. SK01

    New car smell wala car perfume

    Looking for petrol smell air freshner. I really love that smell. Any suggestions?
  2. SK01

    Dash Cams in India

    Yes at times. Buffering and braked video while playing. But none while in download sceeen mode or while downloading. All these on app.
  3. SK01

    Dash Cams in India

    My review on DDPAI Mini 2P dash cam after using it for more than 8months Brand: DDPAI Model: Mini 2P (2K recording) Price: 7.5K including hardwiring kit Place: Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.in/DDPAI-Mini2P-Distortionless-Dynamic-G-Sensor/dp/B07KYWH7MN/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=DDPAI&qid=1573281833&sr=8-2&th=1 The quality is good, but the concern raised by many regarding number plate quality hasn’t been solved. One will find it difficult while looking at the video at speeds more than 50kph but can be readable when paused and zoomed or by zooming a snap. This cam doesn’t have a screen, can be controlled by a mobile app. DDPAI mini 2P comes with a bluetooth shutter button through which we can take snaps on the go. Smaller model DDPAI mini doesn’t come with a shutter button and records in 1080p quality. Sample Videos & Images Night Quality During Heavy Rains Few Pictures
  4. Early mornings always advisable @Sridhar Tandra
  5. Thank you @karthik I always prefer early morning drives, and if night drives will start before 6.00pm before busses start their journey. Always try to be 2hrs ahead of heavy vehicles (mainly bus). This way we can have a peaceful drive. I always follow this while driving to Vijayawada.
  6. Very good tip. Will definitely be useful.
  7. Very well said @sahil I always prefer halting mid way for Bengaluru drive unless started early in the morning. Main reason being traffic. We get easily exhausted after entering city, driving continuesly on highways. Reasons are many...
  8. Thank you @Ranger Absolutely right. I always try to avoid ORR during nights for the same reason.
  9. Roadtrips... long drives... holiday to the hills driving our car, gives a high to all the drivers. Driving to the beaches or to the unexplored hills with our family or friends is an all-time favorite activity. Driving is fun, but a single error makes it a disaster. All drivers know the feeling - a frightening realization behind the wheel of the car when a wave of drowsiness hits, that you may be too tired to go on. A blink of an eye is all it takes for one to end up trapped inside a toppled car or a badly mangled car in the opposite lane. 20% of the accidents on Indian Highways are caused by driver fatigue says a survey. It all happens in seconds, as said above, in a blink of an eye. Drowsiness is extremely dangerous. Pushing yourself beyond the limits, just to make it on time or just to boast to your friends of your achievements of "non-stop 800kms drive" is the last thing you would want to do. You Can’t Afford to Drive on Through Fatigue Fatigue is a serious concern for everyone on the road. Feeling sleepy makes a driver, less attentive, and affects the driver’s ability to make quick decisions. You need to be able to navigate, merge safely, respond to unpredictable drivers, accidents, potholes or even the sudden appearance of a cattle. Delayed reaction time can mean the difference between life and death – for you, or another person on the road. A tired mind also has more trouble concentrating, making it difficult to judge speed and distance. Entering a trance-like state while driving is a trait we notice quite often while driving on highways at a constant speed, at constant cabin temperature. This is known as Highway Hypnosis. Becoming attuned to your body and its need for rest and sleep will make you a safer driver. Warning Signals that It’s Time to Get Off the Road Driving requires your undivided attention. If you notice one or more of these signs, it is time to get off the wheel and rest. Frequent yawning & fidgeting Frequent lane changes without knowing Tailgating Erratic Braking Inconsistent speed Delayed reaction time Missing on turns and signboards Missing to check on ORVMs IRVMs Missing to use indicators Rolling down the window for fresh air Blurred vision or frequent blinking 5 Tips to Combat Fatigue 1. Surveys show that a short nap can increase alertness and significantly lower the risk of driver fatigue. Take a short twenty-minute nap, preferably before you become too sleepy. 2. Avoid medications that may induce drowsiness. 3. Eat a healthy and balanced meal at regular intervals. Lack of proper food leads to a drop in blood sugar levels which makes us drowsy. Also, heavy meals make us lazy and sluggish increasing the drowsiness. 4. Coffee, smoking, turning up the volume on the radio and fresh air only work for short periods of time. Do not rely on them to keep you alert. (Personal experience, play those songs that give you a good feeling. Not too loud and not too much music. Play it at a medium volume, this will help you cruise at a constant speed making you feel attentive.) 5. Stay hydrated and also keep switching between ‘recirculating’ and ‘fresh-air’ modes on the air-con. A change in temperature helps you stay more alert. (Personal experience, roll down the window and allow fresh air and those traffic sound to enter the cabin. Hearing those makes us attentive and lets us drive till we find a good tree to rest under.) Above all, never forget to take naps at regular intervals. It's not only beneficial to you, but also to your car, its engine, and tires. If you are really tired, never attempt to drive beyond the limits. It's your maturity and safe driving habits that ultimately call you a good driver, not your "800kms non-stop achievements".
  10. Vehicle Identification Number which is also known as VIN, in short, is a unique identification number marked on the vehicle in different locations (Engine bay, passenger compartment, etc). This helps us find the exact month and year the vehicle was manufactured. This is really useful to know whether the dealer is selling us the new vehicle or else a vehicle manufactured 6 months ago and even a year ago. However reading it isn't an easy job, neither is a tough job. It just requires proper decoding codes and knowledge of what alphabet, number on the big VIN says what. VIN pattern is different from manufacturer to manufacturer. Sometimes even cars to cars in the same manufacturer. Here are the codes to decode the VIN of different manufacturers. Using this, one can find out what exactly the VIN represents. NOTE: The letters "I", "O" and "Q" are never used in a VIN. NOTE: None of the below mentioned VIN represents the original VIN of any manufacturer. HONDA CAR INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (MAK*****AE********) Method:9th character - MONTH of Manufacture (A) refer above VIN 10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (E) refer above VIN Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Year Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in January 2014. TATA MOTORS VIN Characters: 17 (MAT******B*K*****) Method: 10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (B) refer above VIN 12th character - MONTH of Manufacture (K) refer above VIN Year Codes: A= 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W=2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Month Codes: A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, N = NOV, P = DEC Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in October 2011. MITSUBISHI MOTORS INDIAVIN Characters: 17 (MA7******DC******) Method:10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (D) refer above VIN 11th character - MONTH of Manufacture (C) refer above VIN Year Codes: A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in March 2013 MAHINDRA & MAHINDRAVIN Characters: 17 (MA1******C*D*****) Method:10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (C) refer above VIN 12th character - MONTH of Manufacture (D) refer above VIN Year Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Month Codes:, A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in April 2012. HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY VIN / Chassis Number Characters: 19 (MAL******D********F) Method:10th character - Model YEAR (D) refer above VIN 19th character - MONTH of Manufacture (F) refer above VIN Year Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in June 2013. SKODA AUTO INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (TMB**C***D*******) Method:6th character - MONTH of Manufacture (C) refer above VIN 10th character- YEAR of Manufacture (D) refer above VIN Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Year Codes: A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in March 2013. VOLKSWAGEN INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (WVWB10***C*******) Method:4th character - MONTH of Manufacture (B) refer above VIN 5th & 6th character - Production Year (10) refer above VIN 10th character - Model Year (C) refer above VIN Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Year Codes:10 = 2010, 11 = 2011, 12 = 2012, 13 = 2013, 14 = 2014, 15 = 2015, 16 = 2016, 17 = 2017, 18 = 2018, 19 = 2019, 20 = 2020, 21 = 2021, 22 = 2022, 23 = 2023, 24 = 2024, 25 = 2025, 26 = 2026, 27 = 2027, 28 = 2028, 29 = 2029, 30 = 2030 Model Year Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in February 2010, model year 2012. FIAT INDIA VIN Characters: 20 (MCA**************GFZ) Method:18th character - MONTH of Manufacture (G) refer above VIN 19th & 20th character - YEAR of Manufacture (FZ) refer above VIN Month Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DEC Year Codes:8Z = 2030, 7Z = 2029, 6Z = 2028, 5Z = 2027, 4Z = 2026, 3Z = 2025, 2Z = 2024, 1Z = 2023, AZ = 2022, BZ = 2021, CZ = 2020, DZ = 2019, EZ = 2018, FZ = 2017, GZ = 2016, HZ = 2015, JZ = 2014, KZ = 2013, LZ = 2012, MZ = 2011, NZ = 2010, QZ & PZ = 2009 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in July 2017. TOYOTA INDIAVIN Characters: 22 (MBJ**************0510) Method:19th & 20th character - MONTH of Manufacture (05) refer above VIN 21st & 22nd character - YEAR of Manufacture (10) refer above VIN Month Codes:01 = JAN, 02 = FEB, 03 = MAR, 04 = APR, 05 = MAY, 06 = JUN, 07 = JUL, 08 = AUG, 09 = SEP, 10 = OCT, 11 = NOV, 12 = DECYear Codes:10 = 2010, 11 = 2011, 12 = 2012, 13 = 2013, 14 = 2014, 15 = 2015, 16 = 2016, 17 = 2017, 18 = 2018, 19 = 2019, 20 = 2020, 21 = 2021, 22 = 2022, 23 = 2023, 24 = 2024, 25 = 2025, 26 = 2026, 27 = 2027, 28 = 2028, 29 = 2029, 30 = 2030 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in May 2010. MARUTI SUZUKI VIN Characters: 17 (MA3******HA******) Method:11th character - MONTH of Manufacture (H) refer above VIN10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (A) refer above VINMonth Codes:A = JAN, B = FEB, C = MAR, D = APR, E = MAY, F = JUN, G = JUL, H = AUG, J = SEP, K = OCT, L = NOV, M = DECYear Codes:Y=2030, X=2029, W=2028, V=2027, T=2026, S=2025, R=2024, P=2023, N=2022, M=2021, L=2020, K=2019, J=2018, H=2017, G=2016, F=2015, E=2014, D=2013, C=2012, B=2011, A=2010, 9=2009, 8=2008, 7=2007, 6=2006, 5=2005 Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in August 2010. RENAULT INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (MEE******AA******)Method:10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (A) refer above VIN11th character - MONTH of Manufacture (A) refer above VIN Year Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030 Month Codes:1 = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, 4 = April, 5 = May, 6 = June, 7 = July, 8 = August, 9 = September, A = October, B = November, C = December Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in October 2010. NISSAN/DATSUN INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (MDH******AA******)Method:10th character - YEAR of Manufacture (A) refer above VIN11th character - MONTH of Manufacture (A) refer above VINYear Codes:A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027, W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030Month Codes:1 = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, 4 = April, 5 = May, 6 = June, 7 = July, 8 = August, 9 = September, A = October, B = November, C = December Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in October 2010. FORD INDIA VIN Characters: 17 (MAJGXX****KG*******)Ford India uses a pattern that repeats every 4 years. That means the 2005-2008 pattern repeats for 2009-2012 (and so on).Method: (Use the chart below for reference)11th character - YEAR of Manufacture (K) refer above VIN 12th character - MONTH of Manufacture (G) refer above VIN Anyone having Jeep, MG and KIA VIN details can mention them in the comments section in the above written format.
  11. SK01

    Car Insurance Renewal

    Nice post @Ranger. My Freestyle insurance is ending on 15 Nov very useful for me. The sad thing, my service center isn't supporting both the insurance companies...
  12. SK01

    Automotive photography.

    Thank you @uday
  13. All thanks to my frequent Hyderabad-Vijayawada road trips and my too far from city home.
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