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India is a land with immeasurable natural beauty, much of which is still untapped!! Just waiting there to be explored!! India has many scenic roads. Few among the best are: Manali to Leh Leh to Tso Moriri Gulmarg Road (of Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary, J&K) Chandigarh to Dalhousie Manebhanjan to Sandakphu Kaziranga to Tawang Mumbai to Goa (NH17) Mumbai to Pune (Expressway) East Cost Road (Chennai to Cuddalore via Pondicherry) Masinagudi to Ooty (via Kalhatty) Udumalpet to Munnar Kottayam to Kumily During the last eight to ten years, the overall scenario in India for the Driving Enthusiast has improved a lot. Luxurious vehicles capable of conquering toughest of terrains have been introduced and the quality of roads has also been improved!! But in spite of all this, unfortunately, the statics relating to road accidents in India has largely remained unchanged. With the help of a report, presented in July 2013 by the Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, titled ‘Road Accidents in India, 2012’ it can be determined that: - One accident takes place in India almost every minute! - Because of an accident, every four minutes one person dies on our roads! According to the report, in the year 2012: - National Highways accounted for 29.1% of total road accident in the country and 35.3% of total road deaths in the country. - State Highways accounted for 24.2% of total road accident in the country and 27.3% of total road deaths in the country. - 78.7% of total accidents were caused because of Negligence/ Fault of the Driver, where as a mere 1.4% of total accidents were caused because of Defect in Road Conditions & a mere 0.9% of total accidents were caused because of Bad Weather Conditions. - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh combined accounted for 55.5% of total accidents in the country. - Only Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu combined accounted for 27.3% of total accidents in the country. (Source: Road Accidents in India, 2012 by TRW http://morth.nic.in/...le.asp?lid=1058) To enjoy the beautiful and scenic roads of India, a car owner must care not only about his own safety, but also about the safety of his fellow passengers and the safety of others using the road. A famous American author, Greg Anderson once said, ‘Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.’ Hence, in order to enjoy the journey one should have the knowledge and skills required to tackle the Great Indian Highway!! I consider myself to be a novice, when it comes to driving on the National/ State Highways. Negotiating the ghats and dealing with the sharp and dangerous hairpin bends is not an easy task. At least not for me! Therefore, I am here today, requesting all my fellow readers and enthusiasts to participate in this discussion and share their individual experiences, driving techniques, useful tips, pointers etc., which would help any novice like me and many others out there reading this thread to tackle the Great Indian Highway with required skills and knowledge!! LET'S MAKE OUR ROADS SAFER AND OUR JOURNEYS MEMORABLE!!