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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      I will be driving the car from Kolkata to Chennai this week. Will be spending Diwali week in Chennai and then drive it back a week later. Earlier, I have driven this stretch twice with a night stop in a hotel. This time, I'll try to push it through directly. May be take a power nap if I feel like, but no night halt in a hotel. Will post the experience.
      I would strongly advise: don't try that long distance without a night halt at a hotel. Don't try to push for it. As we get tired driving long distance, our senses stop working at full efficiency. I have pushed myself, while feeling sleepy in last legs of the travel due to lack of sleep the night before travel, for not so long distances, and looking backward it looks foolish to have done that as it can be disastrous. So please take a night halt on the way. It is not heroic but stupid, and i don't want you to attempt it for the associated risks. Cruise control and empty roads at night can make one sleepy very fast.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      I will be driving the car from Kolkata to Chennai this week. Will be spending Diwali week in Chennai and then drive it back a week later. Earlier, I have driven this stretch twice with a night stop in a hotel. This time, I'll try to push it through directly. May be take a power nap if I feel like, but no night halt in a hotel. Will post the experience.
      Did you drive or took a flight to Chennai? If you drove, how was the drive?
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      Thanks for checking speed79

      I drove all the way.

      Me and my sister started from Kolkata New Town apartment morning 5:30am. After driving for 5km, I realized, the original papers of the car are at home. So went back, took the papers and then eventually started at 6am from home. Stopped at 9am for a break. Had covered 200km by then.

      Next break was at 1:20pm when we stopped for lunch. Had covered 506km. This was after crossing Bhubaneshwar. Reached Vizag by evening 6pm - 815km. Took break here and crossing Vizag was a challenge. Reached Anakapalli by 9pm. Took a dinner break at 10:40pm, this was before Rajahmundry. Crossed the city at 1am and then crossed Vijaywada at 3am in the morning. Car had travelled for 1257 by now. We were greeted by rain in Vijaywada.

      After 30 mins from Vijaywada, I felt tired. Stopped at a petrol station and took a nap in car till 5am. Started again. But after like 30 mins of drive. I still felt tired. This was expected as Saturday night, I had slept like 11pm and woke up at 3:30am. A sound 7-8 hrs of sleep would have made me less tired. Well, I stopped again near a toll booth and slept in car till 8am. Woke up, drove to another petrol station, put some fuel, used the rest room, freshened up and were ready to finish the last 350km distance. Started like 9am from the fuel station and drove non stop to reach Velachery home in afternoon 1:30pm.

      1. Maintained a speed of 100km/h, it helps with mileage, I am sure I got 15-16kmpl for the trip
      2. Roads and infrastructure of Odisha were better than that of AP
      3. Vijag to Vijaywada stretch is a mess. Road has pot holes and patch work is way too much. It took me like 9hrs to cross those 400km.
      4. Road from Vijaywada to Chennai is a breeze - nice 6 lane highway except the 20km stretch at Ongole where it is still 4 lanes.
      5. Extensively used fuel station for taking break. I was extremely happy with a fuel station on Vizag where I just entered for bathroom, but was greeted with smile and car windshield was cleaned. Plus they helped my sister with a lady escort to the bathroom. Amazing.
      6. Tool booths have gotten expensive - I paid toll of more than 100 at 3-4 places, I don't remember paying more than 95 anywhere in my last trip in Dec-2016
      7. All the toll booth have fasttag - but I saw trucks queued up there. I wonder what benefit eventually a private car owners will have.

      I think I need to plan the trip better. If I had a good night sleep at home, I could have driven all the way. The roads are in excellent condition and XUV500 has its own highway presence where trucks and other smaller cars show you respect in those tight places where a priority can be bargained.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      I drove all the way.
      Excellent. I remembered my Mount Abu - Bangalore drive some years ago in Linea.

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      rksingh1 yes dada seriously the road between Vizag to Vijaywada is a mess. Itís overcrowded and sometime the highway turns into galis. Also the crossing Vijaywada is very cumbersome with tons of signals.


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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      started from Kolkata New Town apartment
      I stay at New town as well
      Next time, PM me when you come over to Kolkata.

      Try using an app, Geo Tracker. Its does a good job of plotting the course of your trip with lot of relevant details.

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