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
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".
This is my first post in the forum.
As my status suggest, i'm newbie here☺️
Total experience behind wheels: less than 1 year
Total kms traveled: below 8k (with only 1 long drive ~1600kms i.e; Hyd-Pune-Mumbai-Aurangabad-Nanded-Hyd in Sep 2017)
Car owned: Baleno petrol manual transmission.
Travellers: Me, better half, 2 kids (10Y, and 5Y)
Before posting as a new topic, i browsed all the topics for the topic to start.
My intention is to take expert tips from all expert guys like you.
Kindly bear with me if you find these queries childish, as i can't change stepney by myself!
1. During ascending on ghat road (which i observed on Lonavala ghat road), i drive in 2nd gear. At the hair pin curve, applied full accelarotor, as i felt my vehicle may not move further. Scary experience. Is it normal?
Somebody suggest me to use 1st gear for those ascending hair pin curve...
2. I have read lot of experience of driving in Wayanad. With my above experience can I hit the road? Planning this October holidays after getting 3rd service done.
My wife drive well if the roads are well mainatained like NH44.
3. Does Nitrogen gas really helps for better maintenance of the tyres?
I will continue post my queries here in this forum, if i get some response as I believe in learning is continuous process until you die!
Note: I start exploring the forum very recently. Had i read all the post before my unplanned tour to Mumbai, i would never taken the route of NH65 especially from Omerga to Sholapur😩.
Thank you for your time and valuable inputs.
First time in India, Hyderabad traffic police introduces new points system to control the traffic offenders.
If a driver/rider who is regular offender will get his license suspended.
Starting : August 1st 2017
Total points : 12
Time period : 24 months
Important points :
If a drivers exceeds 12 points in the tenure of 24 months, his/her license will be suspended for a period of 1 year. If he is second time offender, means a Driver who got back license after the suspension period and committed offense(crossed 12 points again), his license will be suspended for 2 years and It is similar for the 3rd time. Learners license will be canceled, If a driver crossed 5 points, he should apply for the new learners license. Entire system runs on cashless model, all challans should be cleared online, it is a contact less model and it is introduced first time in India.
Major offense: Drink and drive and Committing a robbery or similar offence.
Minor offense: Driving without Seat belt/Helmet and Carrying extra passengers.
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