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Journeys : Apr May 2012
Driving in India Tasmanians who travel by road when they are visiting overseas destinations often come home with some hair-raising experiences. Like the dilapidated taxis in Cairo (usually old Peugeot 504s) sometimes sporting a crate as the driver’s seat and often with no dash board or instrumentation – just a steering wheel and indifferent brakes. Or your taxi in Beijing that roars along a freeway, bumper to bumper behind a truck or bus and doing 110km/h. No wonder so many Chinese die in rear-enders! Or what about India, where your tuk tuk (a motor ised r ickshaw, usually an Italian Piaggio) roars round a corner in a tiny Cochin laneway, to be confronted by two fast-approaching trucks, one overtaking the other on the blind corner? Or the bus in Goa that daintily side-steps around a corpse that hasn’t been picked up yet for bur ial or cremation? Travel can indeed be an eye opening experience, as the R ACT’s CEO Har vey Lennon recently found on a trip to India for a motoring conference. Each day he was away, a horrified Harvey sent back an insight into Indian road behaviour to his staff in Tasmania. Here are some of them: • Indians use horns more than indicators – much more! • Speed limits are only an average – go as fast as you can with an acceptable risk of hitting someone or something • Lane markings can be used to align the centre or side of the car, but you have total discretion whether you use them at all • Slow vehicles can stay to the left – or to the right • Indian trucks have useful advisory signs on the back saying ‘ blow hor n’ • In the 200 kilometres since we left Delhi I haven’t seen a police car, high visibility or otherwise Do you have any insights into road conditions overseas? Share them w ith other members on our blog at ww w.ract.com.au Life on the move April / May 2012 33 We’ve got great car loans for RACT members. Call 13 27 22 www.ract.com.au 6704 ^ RACV Finance is subject to RACV lending criteria. Conditions, fees and charges apply. R.A .C.V. Finance Limited ABN 82 004 292 291 Australian Credit Licence No. 391488. 6704_Mat esRat es_MNJ. pdf Page 1 8/ 11/ 11, 10: 28 AM autoSEARCH A free service to help you find your next car Finding the perfect new or used car has never been easier for RACT members! autoSEARCH will find the type of vehicle you require, arrange for a discounted RACT inspection, negotiate a special members’ purchase price, find a great price on your trade-in and provide a manufacturer or dealers’ warranty on most vehicles and even arrange finance for approved applicants. This independent service is free for RACT members. Statewide 0418 123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 Launceston 6334 3965 6619
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