These are common sight on road which break a myth that women drivers follow rules and drive safely!

February 16th, 2011Chennai style of wearing helmet

February 16th, 2011A testing road of Chennai

The parked vehicles on public roads reduce the width of a broad road. Consequently even a two wheeler has only so much space to zig zag through!

January 4th, 2010Please wear seat belt

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Yesterday I learnt two painful lessons.

1. I should not lend a new breed of car to a person used to old model cars.

2. I should wear seat belt even if the ride is just for 500 mtrs near my home and even if I am just guiding the driver.

I have a broken wrist and typing with my left hand.

To be or not to be – confusion carries on. To wear or not to wear. A confusion compounded by shifting stance of the government and lethargic attitude of traffic police. It is a wonder that such a life saving accessory is to be forced on by law! Rather than getting into what the police or government should do it is always my argument that our safety depends first on our action or inaction. So here are some observations and suggestions.

Let us take the helmet first. It is a personal thing. Not one size fits all accessory. It should not be too tight or too loose. You get head aches in the first case and neck sprain in the second. The strap should always be worn tight but not too tight. Take time when you buy a helmet.

Wear one you fancy (of course you won’t fancy one if you are buying just to beat the law) and move around the shop (unless you are buying from the platform, which is not recommended as the law requires an ISI certified one) for atleast 15 seconds to get the feel and fit. With the strap on of course. Too tight or too loose, reject. Find a sung fit, maybe a little tighter which will ease out after some days and become comfortable. The line of the visor should be just above your eye brow and if you grasp the jaw protection and the top of the helmet and move it upwards there should not be much movement. This way you can select the best helmet for you and by wearing it with the strap on you can be assured that it will not fly away in the event of an accident.

Now for the actual scenario on road. Read the rest of this entry »

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