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Rainy Road Tales

Two random incidents that happened in the last couple of weeks when I was driving.

1) I'm driving from office to a place nearby for a Lunch treat. It's raining like crazy and the road is completely wet and slushy. I overtake this white Hyundai Accent and about a kilometer and a half ahead, come to a standstill waiting for a signal. Our pal with his family in the Hyundai pulls up next to me and starts gesticulating wildly. I roll down my window and ask him what he wants. He says in this really desperate tone (while his son is giving me this "OMG! you murderer!!!" look)...."You splashed mud over my car..." and my instantaneous reply was "So? What do you expect me to do when it's raining" at which point the signal turned green and I sped off. Guys like this shouldn't be driving on the roads. They can sit in their car and be transported by truck wherever they want to go.

2) I'm driving back home from the office and again it's pouring quite heavily. I'm making a right turn when the guy-on-a-hero-honda-who-thinks-he-is-valentino-rossi decides to overtake, from the right. Right at the turn he manages to pull off the overtaking fine...but there's trouble ahead. Our Rossi dude doesn't see the median up in front of him and decides that he will take the path of righteousness, i.e.; the center-line. There are instances in life when you realise something is going to happen and yet feel powerless to stop it. This was one. Surely. I just knew he was going to hit the median. And right on cue, he does. Bravo rossi, Bravo. He's on the side of oncoming traffic, his bike is slightly broken and on the median. I stop the car in the middle of the road, put on the hazard lights and ask him if he's okay. He gives me this dirty I-should-not-have-overtaken-you-like-that grin and says he's fine (and by this time he's already on his feet and so is his bike). I give him some instant gyan on how he should watch out for medians and drive away.

Cars and Bikes or any motorised vehicle for that matter are killing machines. It is up to the driver to make sure of his safety and of the others around him on the road, when driving.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
what the heck was he doing with a white Santro? Bah! Stupid paranoid people.
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
oops Accent...
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems to be saying Santro. lol
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
"You splashed mud over my car..."

Woah, you splashed mud on a white santro, you evil maniac you.
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Bah. Accent. Hyundai makes other models as well and not only the Santro :D
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
heh, unbelievable i made the same mistake as rohandsa.
Oct. 14th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
I wish his window was down when you splashed the idios car. Heh! Heh!

Rossi must have been cursing himself for his bad luck. But mostly these will be lessons well learned. In the sense there have been several mistakes I did while driving, and based on that I would never repeat it in the future. Hopefully that chap will have learned his lesson. And afterall you have also given him some instant gyan. heh!

And lastly it truly amazes me that the deaths due to accidents in India are about 50 to 70 thousand a year. The way we drive and the way we walk on the roads it is a wonder it is not several times that.
Oct. 14th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
Yeah. Even then I can't be blamed for wet roads :p

Quite true. Read http://www.itworld.com/AppDev/nls_ebiznaked050426/ :) It makes the same point you're making and is a fun read!
Oct. 14th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
You havent seen a thing. Come to noida. Yesterday night at a red light, a bike guy jumped the light, at a moment when heavy traffic was crossing on the green light. He tried to squeeze through a bus and a sumo, but could not make it in time.
the bus was on him in a jiffy and he had to be sent away in an ambulance. I doubt he survived. He did not deserve to. But the poor bus driver was arrested, and he will also fail 2 years or so imprisonment if the guy dies. Even if the guy suffers permanent disablement, the bus driver will be in for 6 months + 25000 fine. Thats the law. Irrespective of who is at fault, even if somebody jumps in front of your vehicle to commit suicide, you have to be arrested. According to the law the bigger vehicle is at fault, the motor vehicles act states it explicitly.
So when i see these morons drive like rossis i let them pass, give them a wide berth and with they crash on some median rather than some poor unsuspecting car/bus driver.
Oct. 14th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
That's a sucky law. Geez. I usually give them space too, but if people come falling in front of your vehicle, there is only so much you can do.
Oct. 15th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
the motor vehicles act states it explicitly.

Jeez! Is that so, till now I used to think that if I was in the right then no problem. I mean I do take a lot of care while driving, but the type of accident you mentioned above can't really be avoided. If some f@#ker comes in front we're gone!
Oct. 14th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
And i hate the way all this bike and even a lot of the car guys, loive to drive on the wrong side of the road. The min they see people waiting at a signal, they just believe that they cant waste time at a signal and go on the opposite side of the road, median or no median. I think half of bangalore's traffic woes will be taken care of if people just stuck to the correct side of the road.

White Accent?? i thought only the cab vehicles were white. You should have directed him to one of the streets that were flooded. he would have got a free car wash.
Oct. 14th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Yeah...he had a White Accent. And I would have laughed at his face if I had more time :)
Oct. 14th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
*misses his car*
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