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Hello all,

This is my first post in the forum.

As my status suggest, i'm newbie here☺️

My profile;

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.

 

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18 hours ago, MTF said:

This is my first post in the forum.

 

Welcome on board MTF.

 

18 hours ago, MTF said:

Somebody suggest me to use 1st gear for those ascending hair pin curve...


It all depends on momentum.
In hills it will always suggested to stay on the lowest gear possible.

 

While ascending it helps in keeping your vehicle in the power band. 

While descending it helps in engine braking. 

Never use clutch while descending, If you use clutch there wont be any engine braking. 

 

18 hours ago, MTF said:

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.

 

Last month I did Hyderabad to Wayanad, roads are very good, you can do it easily without any issue.

Instead of Wayanad, I would suggest you to visit Chikmagalur. 


 

18 hours ago, MTF said:

Does Nitrogen gas really helps for better maintenance of the tyres?

 

It is just a gimmick.
In theory it has many advantages.
But when it comes to practice, you wont find any difference. 

 

18 hours ago, MTF said:

i would never taken the route of NH65 especially from Omerga to Sholapur😩.

 

Yeah, roads have improved a lot recently.
Many people are sticking to NH, Instead of Gulbarga route. 

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Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs especially hill descending tips.😁

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23 hours ago, MTF said:

This is my first post in the forum

Welcome on board and Happy Driving MTF!!

 

23 hours ago, MTF said:

Is it normal

As @Ranger said, it all depends on the momentum of your vehicle! if you feel your vehicle is not ready to pull off, ensure to lower your gear further and try to keep yourself under lower gears possible considering you are not putting too much pressure on the engine (Example: if you feel you are able to pull off in 2nd gear, continue staying in 2nd gear instead of further gearing down to 1st). It is always a Big No to use Clutch while Descending!!

 

23 hours ago, MTF said:

experience of driving in Wayanad

I have personally not done this route in the recent past but what I understand from my colleagues who drove down from Hyd - Kasargod and then Kasargod - Wayanad the road conditions are fine, you can easily pull over

 

23 hours ago, MTF said:

Nitrogen gas really helps for better maintenance of the tyres

I tried Nitrogen very recently, I personally felt the tyres to be very light and the way my car reacting to bumps and potholes is a lot different from how it was when I was using regular Air. Maybe this depends on the Car that you are driving and the Amount of load that you have in your car! I do not see any impact to maintenance of the tyres by using Nitrogen! Just that Nitrogen may keep your tyres a bit cooler than the regular Air in these conditions, again be careful of Nitrogen availability on Highways! We hardly find Nitrogen once we hit the highway!

 

On 5/23/2018 at 3:05 PM, MTF said:

Omerga to Sholapur

I agree with @Ranger and our group members on this! Now that you are here with us, you can always go to the respective thread to understand more on route conditions etc., :):)

 

Once again, Happy Driving @MTF

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1 hour ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

2nd gear, continue staying in 2nd gear instead of further gearing down to 1st)

Dear Sridhar,

First Big Thanks for your inputs.

That's what I did and stayed in 2nd gear. In actual scene, exactly at the hair pin bend another vehicle was coming down.So I applied little brake then move ahead. That's an experience!

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6 hours ago, Ranger said:

While descending it helps in engine braking. 

Never use clutch while descending, If you use clutch there wont be any engine braking.

Dear Admin,

Thank you for valuable tip.

I was really unaware of this thing.

Got a gyan by you and also from Sridhar.

Learning is a continuous process!

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6 hours ago, Ranger said:

Instead of Wayanad, I would suggest you to visit Chikmagalur

Dear Ranger,

That's exactly my wife wants to go.

Since we're driving mostly on NH44, not sure whether we can make it in a single drive without break. 

 

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2 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

again be careful of Nitrogen availability on Highways! We hardly find Nitrogen once we hit the highway!

 


Actually, Nitrogen is 80% Air.
There wont be any problem with the mixture of regular Air and Nitrogen.
I'm mixing nitrogen and air from past 5 years, no issues faced. 
Hope this helps. I got this information from a renowned tire distributor. 

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49 minutes ago, uday said:

mixture of regular Air and Nitrogen

Absolutely! but I have specified this because I felt a little difference in my car reacting to Bumps and Potholes with only Nitrogen in Tyres :)

 

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Hi @MTF, All the tips given by @Ranger and @Sridhar Tandra are spot on.. I would like to add another important point which could help you.

During the time of your descent, it is pretty tough to keep yourself away from brakes especially at the hair-pin bends on the ghat section. But, it is advisable to not to use so frequently as it could take in so much load when its all heated up. They tend to give up at any time and it is very common causing a momentary panic situation. It is suggested to run on a lower gear. Alternate between 2nd and 3rd gears only as 4th and 5th gears don’t give you enough control in bends. 

Use engine braking efficiently and not rely just on your brakes. This is a very beautiful concept.

Also, do not depress your clutch when riding downhill. Your vehicle might roll. Do not ride with your engine off or in neutral as well.

 

Also remember to give way to vehicles coming up-hills. This also helps in the heavy vehicles making the turn at the hairpin bends. Don’t try to overtake assuming that there is no vehicles coming in opposite direction. Only after the driver of the vehicle driving ahead signals, do overtake.

 

I hope this would add up a few more beans to your bag of knowledge. Drive safe always! :)

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2 hours ago, sagar said:

But, it is advisable to not to use so frequently as it could take in so much load when its all heated up. They tend to give up at any time and it is very common causing a momentary panic situation. It is suggested to run on a lower gear. Alternate between 2nd and 3rd gears only as 4th and 5th gears don’t give you enough control in bends. 

Dear Sagar,

Thanks for your advice.

Really appreciate you guys taking time out and giving valuable tips.

The small ghat section at Lonavala was unexpected! Somehow managed it. 

These downward safety tips are very useful.

I like your last line!

I always like to drive safe, since I travel with the whole family. 

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