santoshrajkumar

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  1. Favorite car racing video game !!

    Same goes for me this side mate. The gameplay and simulation of NFS games in general does not come close to the realism GT games offer. NFS is very arcadish, that's true though while Carbon has realised a little maturing of the NFS series, it still cannot be called a true sim. Bang on about Porsche being the best of the lot, I will never forget a sizzling lap on one of the tracks in my 996 before my system crashed.. but that's another story. Anyways, heres to the day I get to play the ultimate racing simulation, the sensational GT5.. Maybe you've got yours already.. Party hard, rev harder.
  2. The walk of life

    Before we learn how to drive in <?:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />India, I think it
  3. Hill thrill with no spill

    Good point. The extra torque of a good diesel engine can be put to good use in the twisties.
  4. Hill thrill with no spill

    Actually, I prefer doing a ghat section during the night because in the night you can see a car's headlights coming round a blind corner so you get little bit of extra time to prepare yourself. However, it also has to be said that I am used to the Kodai ghats where there are reflectors and signboards all the way up to Kodai from the plains. Though one can't afford to relax and count on them to do all the work for you because a couple of signs say the road is goes left when it actually goes right!
  5. Light-headed

    Very true about the divider point. And it was interesting to learn about the manufacturers designing trucks and buses now with lights lower down. Do you know if all trucks and buses are being manufactured like this now? However, even if the lights are installed lower down, drivers still need to dip their lights when they see oncoming traffic. Because if you notice, two cars can easily blind each other if they drive with the main beam on even though the lights are lower down on a car.
  6. A seemingly fatal mistake

    I'm not sure singling out the cab drivers is right because there are a lot of drivers in shiny new cars who drive like maniacs too. True, most cabs are dilapidated relics but do they have a choice? They need to eat too. I guess its a Catch 22 situation. If the government bans these Fiats, then a huge population of Mumbaikars will starve. What needs to be done is having the government perform regular fitness checks on all vehicles on the road and not just emission and registration checks. Too bad your car got damaged though.
  7. A seemingly fatal mistake

    One can never be prepared to witness a bad accident. It humbles you beyond belief when you realise you could have so easily been part of the carnage and never live to tell the tale. I caught a cab after work and the ride began with an auto rickshaw almost colliding into us at a busy intersection. Traffic was going in all directions for some reason; it was impossible to separate the law breakers from the obedient ones. My driver hurled a string of curses at the rickshaw driver and banged on the side of the auto to vent his anger. Seems like this sort of road rage is commonplace in Mumbai because this isn
  8. Light-headed

    Following bigger vehicles is a good idea though. However, its always important to maintain a fair distance from the vehicle, since if it brakes suddenly things could get nasty very quickly.
  9. Light-headed

    Yes, the plight of a motorcyclist is indeed a sorrowful one. More so since you have only two wheels and need to balance the bike as well in the face of an emergency braking or speeding up situation. Yes, hitting the old man must have been nerve-wracking; I hope he and you weren't seriously injured. You were lucky since it could have been much worse which thankfully doesn't sound like it was. Is the government reading this?????
  10. Light-headed

    Have you ever been frustrated driving at night because all the oncoming vehicles or even vehicles behind don't dip their headlights? It has been a dangerous problem since we started using the highways and halogen headlights here in India.Not only are blinding headlights irritating, but they also totally block out people and obstacles on the road in the area between the bright lights. I think its time we educate truck and bus drivers, along with car drivers and show them how effective and how much easier it makes life on the road when two oncoming vehicles dip their lights. Visibility increases and strain on the eyes decreases exponentially. Maybe highway police should fine drivers heavily who don't follow this rule. Any other ideas on how we can implement this?
  11. Hill thrill with no spill

    A young friend of mine, Aman, from <?:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Bangalore visited me up in Kodaikanal recently. I was pleased that he wanted to learn how to drive in the hills, and he was only new to city driving as well. So what we did was take turns driving in Kodai town in our family Maruti 800 with me talking him through whatever I was doing and pointing out mistakes. It was an experience that taught us both something, I think. I learned that India desperately needs to overhaul the license system where one can get a license if able to move the car from standstill, let alone a hill. The roads in Kodai are narrow and with a steep incline for most part so many times there isn
  12. Trying to improve knowledge

    Oh and how did you know I am called Turtle? Did I mention it somewhere? A bit absent-minded sometimes..
  13. Trying to improve knowledge

    Thank you for the kind words.. I am indeed blessed with this job. Hot cars will take some time I guess because I need to build up some experience. Though one day it will happen.
  14. Trying to improve knowledge

    Cheers mate!
  15. Maruti 800: A first car

    The Maruti 800 has been around for about two decades and the design has become outdated as a result, with too many boxy straight lines, despite efforts to hide its age with as many cosmetic jobs and facelifts as Pamela Anderson. But when it arrived, it literally took over the Indian automobile market with a mix of affordability, efficiency and easy to drive USPs compared to the ancient designs of the Ambassadors and Fiats that the Indian consumer had to put up with. But the 800 is still going strong though its market share has been overtaken by the more modern Alto.<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> Contrary to popular belief, the 800 is not a boring car by any means; the steering is light yet sends fairly precise inputs to your hands. One can chuck it into second and flick it around a corner though the skinny tyres and pronounced body roll limit any real Alonso-like driving. But since most of the buyers of this car are previous people wanting to move up into the car segment, they most likely won