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      Quote Originally Posted by Godfather View Post
      Trucks are not allowed in the city, they are however allowed to ply on the Outer ring road and the NICE road.
      the trucks that you see in the city are the constructions vehicles which have no choice but to enter the city for the various areas where Metro work is in progress.
      I beg to differ. Maybe I am incorrect but I have found National Permit trucks carrying payloads inside city roads. It is very annoying. The next time I site any of these, I will sure click it and post it here.

      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Not many roads.....trucks are not allowed inside city
      Thanks for correcting me

      Quote Originally Posted by myprecious View Post
      Having lived in both cities, traffic wise and regulation wise I dont find much difference between both cities.
      Sorry but I beg to differ. I feel Chennai is more relaxed (probably because of the existence of alternate means of transport) but Bangalore with narrower roads and speed breakers every 100 meters makes driving a nightmare. The only similarity are the auto drivers with equally nasty driving habits in both cities. What is outrageious is the way they justify they were right in violating norms. (Not to offend anyone's sentiments)

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      Trucks and other HCVs are supposed to ply on our city roads only during night times to prevent traffic congestion. Whether that is implemented is a question for another thread. And yes, national permit trucks can be found in Bangalore as well with no connection to metro or road works, eg: Borewell trucks, sand lorries etc. That is the reason you see cops near Mekhri Circle standing and pulling over the trucks and other HCVs to fine them during the day time.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Jalex View Post
      Don't try to bully the guy who is driving in the wrong lane. While most trucks/buses try to do that to avoid traveling further to make a U-turn, sometimes there could be genuine cases of a road block.
      As roads get wider in India and the average speed of traffic increases, there won't be any need to bully the guys on the wrong side of the road. They'll just get killed. And take a few others with them too.

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      Quote Originally Posted by appuchan View Post
      Good points. I actually prefer to drive in the middle lane, if there is one. I do this always when abroad where it also provides ease to move across lanes for exits.

      Back in India, many cases the side lanes may have slow movers, parked vehicles, debris from some road work, blockades and of course bush men who could appear from both sides. Unfortunately, in most roads here we dont have the luxury to drive on the middle lane since it is almost always a 4 lane road. So the option I follow, especially while taking turns, is to stick to the middle of the road, yes I said it right, keep the lane markings on the center of your vehicle. This gives ability to manage most unforeseen situations such as wrong way on fast lane, slow movers/sudden blockades on either lanes.

      In fact I some times keep the car on the middle of the road on straights as well, if there are no other vehicles on sight and if I am going at pretty high speeds. This gives me more confidence considering the above mentioned dangers lurking at the edges of the roads.


      This is just so wrong. I was just browsing the forum, and registered specifically to respond to this comment.

      I hope you have stopped doing this. Lane discipline is critical while driving. Nothing is more annoying than someone who straddles two lanes. Please stop doing it if you still do.

      There was another thread on road rage that I was going through. One of my primary causes for road rage is people straddling lanes like this.

      Usually I don't mind much if the person is uneducated, some autowallah or someone like that. But when I see the IT types in their i10s, Swifts, etc. doing such things I feel very frustrated.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bangalorean View Post
      This is just so wrong. I was just browsing the forum, and registered specifically to respond to this comment.

      I hope you have stopped doing this. Lane discipline is critical while driving. Nothing is more annoying than someone who straddles two lanes. Please stop doing it if you still do.
      Don't jump around without reading the whole context under which I said I do that. Suggest you please read all the posts in the thread before disliking my post and making such comments. Let me ask you one thing, if the left lane is blocked with debris and slow moving traffic and right lane is too close to the median with a danger of people or animals jumping out anytime or even vehicles coming on opposite direction, where do you drive on the road, especially on blind turns? I am not a stickler to rules in dangerous situations.

      And thanks for taking your time to register in this forum to dislike my comment and advice mere mortals like us
      Last edited by appuchan; 9th Dec 2011 at 07:02.

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      Quote Originally Posted by appuchan View Post
      Don't jump around without reading the whole context under which I said I do that. Suggest you please read all the posts in the thread before disliking my post and making such comments. Let me ask you one thing, if the left lane is blocked with debris and slow moving traffic and right lane is too close to the median with a danger of people or animals jumping out anytime or even vehicles coming on opposite direction, where do you drive on the road, especially on blind turns? I am not a stickler to rules in dangerous situations.

      And thanks for taking your time to register in this forum to dislike my comment and advice mere mortals like us
      I did read all posts in the thread, and I saw that some people have put up excellent graphics illustrating the perils of straddling lanes. For example: Lane discipline on 4+ lane roads in India - Why the slow lane is safer and better, for fast driving. - Page 5 For example, this one, posted by Nimrod:





      I am sorry if I offended you. If you meant to say that lanes need to be straddled only when it is unavoidable, I will agree with you too. However, your post gave me the impression that you were advocating driving like that in general. Being an automobile enthusiast community, I think we should say the right things and educate people on the right way to drive.

      Though my immediate impetus to join the forum was to reply to you, the forum does look interesting and fun, I think I will stick around.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bangalorean View Post
      Though my immediate impetus to join the forum was to reply to you, the forum does look interesting and fun, I think I will stick around.
      Yup. The forum is fun, pls introduce urself and take part . We also have regular meets as well.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      3rd most important factor after a good headlamps & clean windshield. A co-passenger who can judge properly and warn you of vehicles in your blind spot/vehicles you cant see over a sharp bend due to traffic ahead can save you a lot of anxious moments
      Rahul you are right cent per cent. In my opinion a co-passenger is an additional driver of the car whose role is on par with that of the main driver and his/her timely alerts/tips/judgement goes a long way in safe journey and safety to all the occupants and vehicle

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      Quote Originally Posted by hvkumar View Post
      In places like Gujarat, all vehicles follow a strict decorum of moving to the left whenever any vehicle comes up from behind, hence be careful not to overtake from the left.
      very true i just experienced this
      Last edited by DocZ; 22nd Apr 2014 at 14:22.

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