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  1. Hey guys, I have been on quite a few long drives with my family and I think there are certain Do's and Dont's which I believe are necessary before, while and after a long drive. I hope this will give a first timer an idea about how to prepare for a long drive. This article is generic in nature and few points may or may not be applicable. PREPARATIONS BEFORE THE JOURNEY: 1) Making A Perfect Plan: Enquire about the routes, road conditions, and hotel conditions in your circle prior to a week and plan your journey accordingly. 2) Booking A Vehicle: This is for those who doesn't own a vehicle or for those who book a self drive vehicle. Know the road conditions, terrain and route before booking your vehicle. This will Help you book a perfect vehicle for the road conditions. Ex: SUV for forests, 4*4 for worst roads. 3) Vehicle Check Up: This is one of the most important things that one should do before starting. Many people ignore this and end up with huge losses. Get your vehicle checked with the authorised dealer. See that your vehicle's service is up to date. Top up the fuel gauge before starting. WHAT STUFF TO CARRY: 1) A Long Nylon Rope: It'll be needed for toeing your or someone else's Vehicle in case of a break down, or even for tyinh extra baggage. You must have atleast 20 feet of nylon rope for extra strength. It can be doubled. 2) A Pack Of Engine Oil And Coolent: This is the most probable components which you may run out in a journey . 3) Additional Tyre Tube And Inflates Spare Wheel: In case of puncture where you can't find a puncture wallah. This can only be done if you know how to change a wheel. Don't venture with the vehicle without proper knowledge. 4) Extra Tool Tool Kit: This is the one which is not in your regular tool kit box. The regular tool kit in cars do not suffice for various problems which crop out from nowhere during a long journey. THIS CAN'T BE DONE WITHOUT THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE OF THE VEHICLE. Also carry a cloth for washing. It'll also absorb the noise from the tool kit. 5) Some Turmeric Powder: Now every one of you must be thinking " carry tumeric powder is he made" Now let me explain in case in case of accidents where your radiator starts leaking turmeric powder acts as a sealent. Remember it's only for cranks not for breakdowns of radiator. It also acts an antiseptic when you get hurt while venturing in forests. 6) Some Weapons For Destruction: This is again very impressed of you're covering agency areas. * Pepper spray * Chili powder packets * Swiss Army knife. TIPS: In case you're driving in the night try to drive between two trucks and that too which together ( Check there are no plates and overall looks) The reason is decoits very rarely loot the trucks, it'll help in hiding you from direct view as they move in constant speeds. Trucks will not stop what ever may come. On The Road: 1) Follow the sings and rules 2) Driving At Nights: Not recommended. If traveling follow rules and sign boards. Use indicators and blinkers where ever necessary. 2) Clean all the mirrors properly otherwise this may cause visibility problems. 3) Take proper halts. 5) Use Proper Signalling: many drivers in India neglect this. Use indicators and blinkers where ever necessary and follow lane discipline. Some Signalling Techniques Used On Highways: 1) Many bus and truck drivers who move at a constant speed keep their right indicator on, this means that no need to honk proceed and overtake. But always safe to use horn atleast dippers. 2) Never overtake without getting proper view of the road and clear signal. 3) Use Proper high or low beam while driving. TIPS: Maintain A Trip Log * Places to eat and take rest. * Road conditions in different patches . * Time taken between various destinations. * Fuel and toll gate bills. PS: Do carry your camera for storing your beautiful memories. Hope this helps the budding travelers. A small contribution to the beloved forum from my end.
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    Automotive photography.

    It was the massive Hummer that caught my attention @Ranger.😁 It was only when I read the title I rechecked the pic. Anyway, congratulations. 🤩
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    Upcoming Meetup details

    Welcome @naresh237 there are no upcoming meetups planned as of now. The section will be updated immediately after planning a meetup. The forum is always checked and is kept up to date by the admins/moderators. Also, the URLs posted in all the sections are correct.
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    New car smell wala car perfume

    Looking for petrol smell air freshner. I really love that smell. Any suggestions?
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    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.
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    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
  7. 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".
  8. Early mornings always advisable @Sridhar Tandra
  9. 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.
  10. Very good tip. Will definitely be useful.
  11. 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...
  12. Thank you @Ranger Absolutely right. I always try to avoid ORR during nights for the same reason.
  13. 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.
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    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...
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    Automotive photography.

    Thank you @uday
  16. It was February 2018, me and my father visited Malik Tata Bowenpally to enquire about Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor in our handsome shiny golden brown Honda City after a good leather upholstery polishing at Stunnerz. We we’re impressed by the car, the build quality and interiors, we felt it’ll be a good upgrade to my WagonR CNG which was showing its age after 3 years 65000 kms. We asked for a test drive and they couldn’t arrange. We were irritated by the sales team response and reluctance to sell their product. We stepped out. Fast it forward to August, my father who was driving my WagonR slightly brushed to the electricity pole in a narrow lane. The impact was small, but the damage was really huge. A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind. Fast forward to November, we put our Wagon R on sale at OLX and sold it in 5 days for 3,25,000. Got to know the meaning of resale value. Booked Ford Freestyle after just one test drive. We were taken away by the car, it’s build quality, ruggedness, and not to forgot the punchy TDCi engine. Ford has always been my favourite brand, I always wanted to own it, drive it. And this time I got the opportunity, we wanted to book the car the very next day but being a Sunday it was delayed. Monday, after attending a club meet at my college, at around 3:00 PM I booked my car at Mody Ford Begumpet. It was Ford Freestyle ambient 1.5 TDCi oxford white which was booked and later upgraded to top of the line model Titanium 1.5 TDCi charcoal black. Dealership Experience: The delivery was done as promised in 5 days. Initially the dealership experience was really good. they treated us well, the car was delivered as promised and everything was good until I noticed what they have done. The dealership has given me 4 months old vehicle, which was lying in the stock yard without informing me and without giving any old stock discounts. Found it by decoding the VIN number. The old stock/first batch vehicle came with fixed rear headrests and the newer one which I was supposed to get according to Ford as I booked in November came with adjustable rear headrests. Multiple mails and calls to the dealership proved to be waste. After a week of follow up, a good member of the Ford Freestyle WhatsApp group forwarded me the mail IDs of Ford India top management. A mail to Mr. Anurag Mehrotra MD Ford India sorted out the issues and the dealer was ordered to replace the entire rear seat with the new ones. Experience with Ford India: I must say, the experience so far with Ford has been really good. Right from solving my issues with the dealer to addressing each and every minor issues in the vehicle for which Ford is known for. To be honest, Ford is not a reliable brand like the Maruti Suzuki, Honda or Toyota. It is known for those small yet really irritating glitches. But the way the company addresses the issues is what matters. And I must say, Ford outshines every other manufacturer in this department. We as a valued customer have the freedom to even talk to the bosses of Ford India and get the issue solved. Be it the General Manager of a dealership or Managing Director of the company. The mangers and general mangers (service) are always available on phone for our queries. Life With Ford It’s been 10 months since I bought the car and I’ve been to many road trips, explored many places, and done some really crazy things with it. So far So good. Stability, Steering Feel and Feedback, Braking, Ride Comfort, and Performance: The next month after buying the car we did a road trip to Vijayawada. Couldn’t go beyond 100 kmph as the vehicle isn’t supposed to go beyond 100 kmph before 2000 km checkup. while returning I touched 170 kmph effortlessly after 2000 km checkup at Laxmi Ford Vijayawada. No where I felt loosing the control of the car. After driving WagonR for 65000 kms this felt like a really big upgrade in terms of drivability and stability. The response from the steering was spot on. Though the brakes did not inspire confidence at last minute braking for the first 5000 kms of ownership because of over sensitive ABS now they are perfect. Crisp and spot on braking performance. Or dont know if I’m used to it. Ford Freestyle is built to tackle bad roads and those beautiful untouched, unexplored roads. This said, the ride quality will definitely be on the stiffer side making all those shocks on the bad roads creep in. We can feel the thud sound when the car goes over speed breaker, potholes even in very low speeds. The suspension is on the stiffer side making the car super stable during high speeds and super rough on the bad roads. Space is strictly adequate in the front row and strictly average at the rear and the boot. The driving position is commendable. We sit higher than many of the hatchbacks making us see the road clearly. The car sitting at a height of 190mm from the ground makes driving on worst roads a breeze. No worries of under body hits. The performance from the engine on offer is something else. It effortlessly touches 80 kmph in the second gear itself and 0-100 kmph in under 10 seconds making it one of the fastest car in India. This car even outshines VW Polo in terms of performance. This is the most economical, fun to drive car in India giving good fuel efficiency numbers. Even Ford EcoSport doesn’t offer the low end torque and that jump this car offers. Reason being same engine for a lighter car. Capabilities: Ford calls the Freestyle a Compact Utility Vehivle and in my opinion its justified. It is not just a raised hatch/hatch with cladding or hatchback in SUV cloths as claimed by few online forums. Having used this for almost a year, clocking 20,000 kms, going for some unexplored areas, I can confidently say that this means some serious business, built for a purpose, a very practice vehicle. If not for serious off-roading, this is made for serious travelling and to glide on those beautiful untouched roads... Safety: Ford is known for this. It’s always ahead of the other cars in the segment when it comes to giving safety features if not fancy features. 2 airbags ABS with EBD Reverse parking sensors Driver and passenger seat belt alarm is standard across all the varient in all the models of Ford Central Locking Speed sensing door locks Child safety locks Making it the most value for money varient. The top of the line varient Titanium comes with added features like TCS HLA ESP And the even premium varient the Titanium Plus comes with added features like 6 airbags SYNC3 system With all the above features. Road Trips: I’ve done many road trips in this 10 months. Multiple trips to Hyderabad-Vijayawada but there are few trips that standout, that tested my skills, that took me to places I’ve never thought I would. The first one being Hyderabad to Maredumilli This remains my favourite trip of all. This tested my skills on the ghat during heavy rains and low visibility, took me to a beautiful place called Pamulery Vagu inside the forest. It was fun driving this car in those ghats. Steering feel and feedback was really good and was spot on. This trip will be forever remembered. The engine sound coupled with cool breeze and nature sounds made this a really wonderful and memorable trip with my Ford Freestyle. Hyderabad to Yanam via Ramachandrapuram This place is really beautiful. I’ve been to Yanam in 2012 in our Swift Dzire. I was siting beside my father and was observing him cruising in that beautiful cool, rainy weather. I was 16 back then. Learning driving from my father in our colony roads. I was amazed by the way it cruised, clicked many pictures in my father’s Galaxy S3. I couldn’t know more about the place. All I knew was the beach and the beautiful Jesus statue. Nothing beyond that. This is 2019 and I was on the wheel with my father sitting beside me and my Sony A6000 DSLR in the rear seat to click the beautiful places. It was 4:30 in the morning, I fired the loud TDCi engine waking up others in my house at Ramachandrapuram. We hit the roads and it was all nostalgic. The roads were bad, full of potholes and very bad curves. This gave me a new experience to drive on those village roads full of potholes and truck traffic from the opposite direction with high beam. Made me explore Yanam and the nearby mangroves and getting to know the place beyond beach and of course the beautiful Jesus statue, reminded my father of his childhood and the hotel where he used to sometimes eat and now we having our breakfast which is still running with the same quality at Drakshramam. This also proved how beautiful my car is gliding over those big potholes with very loud and uncomfortable sounds in the cabin and zero underbody hits. making this another memorable road trip. Vijayawada to Hyderabad I’ve done multiple trips between Hyderabad-Vijayawada on our Honda City as well as Ford Freestyle as my father is posted there. But this will be remembered. This unexpected drive for few minutes under the railway bridge tested my knowledge on flood water driving, knowledge can be acquired by learning but not experience. And this kind of experience is very rare. This tests our skill, It’s a do or die situation. Drive well and come out of the pool or get stuck ruining your car permanently. The experience was all together a very different one. This kept me in a situation where It was all on me. No one to help me, guide me or drive the car. This proved the capabilities of ford Freestyle and my driving skills. The punchy low end torque never worried me or gave a feel of stalling. It never lost the grunt. I successfully came out of it which doubled my confidence in driving and my love towards the car. Accidents & Incidents It was 24th of April, 8:45 in the morning. I was driving towards Suchitra Junction to meet my father’s colleague and take my internship certificate which I forgot in her cabin the previous day. I tuned into 98.3 radio mirchi my favourite radio station and was just 5 minutes away from my home when the unexpected saddest thing happened. A construction truck which was coming from the opposite direction taking a 90 degree banged into my car’s rear third quater leaving a really bad damage. It was a hit and run case. Many villagers ran behind him but he fled away leaving me in utter grief. The impact was huge but the damage was small considering the impact. Did anyone remember this? “the impact was small, but the damage was really huge” “A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind” and this proved to be the right choice, the safer vehicle. It was 31st of July, 3:30 in the evening, I was driving from Tellapur towards Kompally on ORR. An incident which taught me the meaning of hydro planning, made me realise the power of water and yet again made me fall in love with my car. It was raining, the road was good obviously because it’s the ORR a Hyderabadi drivers favourite, the road was empty and there’s a water pool that can be seen on the left most lane. A child in me touched triple digit speeds (100kmph) from 80kmph wanted to spill the water and went straight onto the waterlogged pool only to loose control over my car. The vehicle immediately lost traction, drifted towards the right, steering was out of my control for few seconds, I tried very hard to steer the car to the left keeping it in the lane and I succeeded. All thanks to the traction control that my car has. This taught me how much dangerous water can be and the force of water. Never after this incident I touched triple digit speeds during rains. To sum it up, Freestyle is a car that definitely puts a smile the drivers face. Particularly the TDCi. It’s rightly called a pocket rocket. Freestyle is not about luxury, its rugged, rough, not so comfortable when compared to the competition, the interiors are hard, the plastics are not placed well but as said before its lal about ruggedness and practicality. Once you are behind the wheel of a Ford you’ll forever be the fan of Ford. Srikrishna Bhavaraju A true Ford Lover
  17. All thanks to my frequent Hyderabad-Vijayawada road trips and my too far from city home.
  18. Thank you @Ranger. There are many road trips planned in the coming years. One of my favourite among all is the trip to Himalayas and exploring the beautiful Andhra Pradesh wildlife under AP Forest DEPT wildlife Photographer guidance. And then trips to Bhandhavgarh which was unfortunately dropped at the last moment this time & Ranthambore. All these in next two years.
  19. Yes really heartbreaking @sagar. I really wish they are not exiting the market.
  20. Recently on my way to Hyderabad from Vijayawada, at 5:25 in the morning there was a huge rain. By the time I reached the railway bridge near Prakasham Barrage/Bus complex there was a huge flood water pool. Seeing that I turned to the right thinking there’s another way only to come across bus complex entrance. Upon asking a Innova Crystal owner, he said these floods are pretty common in Vijayawada and we can go through it. At first I was apprehensive, i knew how the damage would be. I did not want to take the risk. But there was no other way. All thanks to @Saran who posted his experience sometime ago with which I thought I can proceed, of-course after seeing smaller cars pass through it successfully. Entering inside was all together a different experience with mixed emotions. I lowered the windows, unlocked the car, switched off the AC, turned on the blinkers and proceeded ahead. The way my Freestyle TDCi performed was simply amazing. Never in that deep water pool, full of pressure I felt afraid or loss of torque. I’m really fortunate enough to have crossed it safely while a Verna stalled there due its low GC. All thanks to my Freestyle’s 190mm GC and punchy TDCi engine. Here are few precautions and tips for newbies who encounters this situation. DISCLAIMER : NEVER DO THIS WITH A CAR WHOSE GROUND CLEARANCE IS LESS THAN 180mm. I’VE READ ARTICLES OF CARS GETTING STALLED ANS SEEN A NEW SEDAN GETTING STALLED THERE BEHIND ME WHICH REALLY WAS SADDENING SIGHT. Precautions: Ensure that the depth of water suits your car. Eg: Never drive if the water is reaching or crossing shoulder line of your car (indicator level). This way you can prevent going into depths that covers your grille. Before entering yourself, check with other similar cars if they are going well safely. Check your surroundings, switch on your blinkers when in dark. Always maintain a safer distance from the bigger vehicles. Best, drive once they cross. Remove your seatbelts, unlock your car door (don’t open) lower your windows. (Electrical failure may jam the locking systems of your car door, window and seatbelts which will make escaping a really tough job in case of car breakdown) Switch off the Air Conditioner for additional torque. Tips: Maintain steady momentum and keep moving. Avoid sudden acceleration and braking. Avoid stalling. Maintain high revs. Move in lower gears(1,2,3) depending upon the speed. Driving through water puts additional strain on the engine and using the third gear, instead of the first, could lead to the car stalling. There’ll be a lot of pressure hitting your car, the car won’t move, but never stop the car. Stopping the car leads to water entering into intake and exhaust which leads to engine failure. Don’t crank the engine if it stops. Cranking the engine leads to permanent damage of vital parts. Starting with the water putting more pressure on the engine’s connecting rods, which could lead to them breaking. In addition, if water has entered the engine through the intake or the exhaust, it could cause serious engine damage and burn a rather large hole in your pocket when it comes to repairs. Pump the brakes stopping the vehicle for some time so that the water doesn't stay decreasing the braking performance. If you feel that the brakes aren't sure footed like before, don't worry, it's because of water. Drive in medium speed till you feel the brakes are good. Take it to your nearest service centre if the problem continues even after repeated braking. Suggestions are welcome.
  21. Absolutely right. It's a railway bridge so there's a complete wall between the two roads. Nonetheless what you said is completely right.
  22. Surprisingly, people there were disciplined. They weren't doing such things. An old Swift passed followed by Alto, WagonR and a DZire. None were indisciplined. Everyone followed the line and maintained decent gap.
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