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  1. I regularly commute on Hyderabad to Vijawayada highway, almost once in a month from the past 10 years. Hyderabad to Vijayawada distance :275 kilometers Year :2006 It is a single lane road, not enough to fit 3 vehicles at a time. It used take me 7 hours to travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Blind curves. Highest accident ever occurred in the country. One of the busiest, mostly filled with trucks. Worst road condition, filled with unlimited potholes. Driving at night is a suicide.(zero visibility with those high beams) Some overtakes used to take me at least 15 minutes, Imagine 10 trucks trailing each other with no space between them, on a single lane! No proper hotels and washroom Worst fuel quality But I used to enjoy the drive, it is challenging and fun. Year :2017(after a decade) Now it has a 4-lane road, truck lay by lanes, emergency lanes and bridges across villages. It is taking me 4 hours from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. I am saving 3 hours. Many good hotels available, no issues with washrooms. Toll road, with road assistance and standby ambulance for safety. Continues patrol across the highway, last year a huge industrial truck was stuck on highway while taking u-turn. Patrol guys arrived within 15 minutes and took the situation under control. Hotels between Hyderabad to Vijayawada 1. Village Aharam : Malkapur First decent hotel on the highway 2. Highway 9 Restaurant : Nalgonda Good for break fast 3. Hotel Vivera : Nalgonda Recomended, If you are planning to diver towards Nalgonda. 4. Maa palle ruchulu : before suryapet Village style hotel, don't expect luxury. 5. Hotel 7 : suryapet Best in quality, very good washrooms. Recommended for families. 6. Numerous hotel in Suryapet. You get all types verities over here. 7. G-hotel : Suryapet 8.Once you cross Suryapet, you won't find any proper hotels, though you can find many road side dhabas. Please correct If i miss anything. Fuel stations You can find then in every 20 kilometers radius. Tolls It is a complete toll road, elevated 4-lane, on an average you pay around 1 rupee per kilometre, so it should be under 250/-
  2. "National Crime Record Bureau’s Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India-2014 report stated that poor visibility, animals coming on the roads and parking of vehicles on road shoulders killed hundreds of people in AP and Telangana in 2014-15. Apart from traffic and road infrastructure, poor visibility cause fatal accidents – 154 died in Telangana in 2014-15." Lighting is one of the most underrated parts of a vehicle. (source: Deccan Chronicle) For whatsoever reason, I see no automobile journalist, channel or reviewer talk about lights & tires. I don't know if their knowledge is limited to talking what others talk or they assume lights & tires are one useless part of a car. Whatever they may think, I feel lights & tires are one highly underrated parts of a car. Well, as the topic suggests, here we will only discuss about lights leaving the latter for a new topic and people can post their queries in the comments section. Imagine you driving on a highway in the dark with just the set of 55W halogen stock lights which are almost useless (most of the manufacturers except MS), passing over a speed breaker at the same speed ruining your wheel alignment because your lights failed to light up the road. Imagine you driving on a highway and suddenly turning towards your left cutting a speeding truck after seeing a poorly placed road block at the last second because again your 55W stock lights failed to alert you before hand on the oncoming danger. Lights are highly useful and the most essential parts of a vehicle. The above mentioned two situations are the real incidents that happened during my night drives and I'm pretty much sure many of you have encountered the same and always thought of upgrading your lights and ended up with a even more bad setup or the same spending few thousand rupees. There is so much to learn about lighting. I made my mind to learn about lighting and to better understand and make an apt decision on what suites my requirements before spending money. There are many topics that I was confused with. People talk about types of lights, their color, uses and types of beams and uses. I know 99% of the readers are also in the dilemma on what to take and what suites the best. So without wasting time, lets dive in. Types of Lights: 1. Halogen Lights: A halogen bulb is similar to an electric bulb found in any household. But while your regular bulb has a filament (small wire) that heats up and emits light, the halogen lamp uses halogen gas to increase brightness. These bulbs aren’t very efficient, as most of the energy is wasted in heat instead of light. Halogen bulbs used in automobiles typically emit a yellowish light and despite the technology being over 50 years old, it is widely used. In terms of brightness, halogen lamps have a throw of about 100 meters. These lights consume the highest energy of all the other lights available. Pros: Cheap. A set of H4 100W halogens from Philips costs around 300-350 Rs. The H3 100W halogens from Roots in my Hella costed me around 80 Rs per blub. Good visibility in any given weather condition because of the yellow tint. Not as irritating as LEDs to the eyes. Cons: Dated, almost 5 decades old technology. Most of the energy is wasted in heat instead of light. High energy consumption, low range throw. 2. Xenon Lights: Also known to as HID (high-intensity discharge), xenon lamps are similar to the common tube lights. There is no filament that gets heated up, instead, xenon gas is electrically charged. This produces a bluish-white light that is close in color to natural light. these are more expensive than halogen but they generally last longer and are more efficient. As seen with tube lights, these lamps too have a small delay before lighting up and take some time to come to full brightness, which is why the high and passing beams generally get an additional halogen bulb. Thus, a car will have two bulbs in each lamp unit making it a total of four. Pros: Consumes lesser energy when compared to Halogens and give a longer throw. Produces bluish-white light which is better in terms of visibility compared to Halogens. Cons: Takes time, at least 10 secs to heat-up and brighten fully. Strictly for dry weather conditions. Not at all useful for rainy or foggy conditions. 3. Bi-Xenon Lights: The term Bi-Xenon headlight is often confusing as ‘bi’ suggest two. But a bi-xenon uses just one xenon lamp for the high beam, which is then either moved or shaded each time a low beam is to be provided. Thus, a Bi-Xenon lamp is sometimes cheaper and also takes up less space in the lamp unit. Pros: Cheaper yet provides the same amount of brightness and throw as the Xenon lights. Occupies lesser space in the unit making the entire unit considerably smaller. Cons: Since it uses a single bulb for both hi and low beam, there is often a delay while using passing lights. Takes time, at least 10 secs to heat-up and brighten fully. Strictly for dry weather conditions. Not at all useful for rainy or foggy conditions. 4. LED Lights: In general, an LED or light emitting diode discharges light from the movement of electrons and as such, is a simple and highly efficient system. The advantage of LED lights is that they light up instantly, are extremely efficient and last far longer than other light sources. Thus, they are frequently used in tail-lights and daytime running lights. However, with technology advancing, the problem of lower light intensity is being overcome to the point where LEDs are finding application in headlights. The additional benefit here is that LEDs can emit light that's far closer in color to daylight. Of course, some manufacturers use LEDs for just low beams, while some have full (low and high beam) LED lights. Pros: Light color almost equal to day light gives one of the best night visibility. Brightness the area well. Consumes very less energy compared to Halogens or Xenons. Cons: Howe ver bright the lighting may be, doesn't give a longer throw. White lights are useless during rainy and foggy conditions. Makes the driving experience extremely horrible. Expensive affair. 5. Projector Lens: Do not confuse these with projector lens lights; these do not necessarily indicate xenon bulbs. A projector is a simple lens which is used to focus the light source on to the road. It is quite similar to a movie projector you might have in your office or home. As you may have guessed, a projector lens can be used with any light source: halogen, xenon or an LED lamp. Pros: Proper cutoff. Accurate and wide throw. There are 2 more lights such as the laser lights and digital LED lights which are very new to the industry and are extremely expensive. These are still in the testing stage and are only used in luxury cars. It will take some time for these to enter into the mass market, so for now, lets not talk about these. Please refer the below image for better understanding. Colors of Lights Clear or Yellow: Clear or yellow light refers the light that is emitted from a halogen bulb. color temperature range between 3000 - 4000. Pros: Better visibility if not the best in any weather condition. Useful as a passing light in the mornings. Cons: Not as bright as white lights. White Lights: The lights that emit a blueish-white or a total white tint, similar to the day light having the temperature range above 4500. Pros: Visibility far better than the clear or yellow lights. Best for night highway drives. Cons: Not at all suitable for rainy and foggy drives. Not suitable as a passing light in the morning. Amber or Turmeric Yellow: The lights with color temperature less than 3000 Pros: Best suited for rainy and foggy conditions. Visible to people who are at a far away distance. Cons: Not all suitable as a daily driving lights. Throw is the shortest of all the available lights. Please refer the below image for color temperature guide. Types of Beams 1. Spot Beam (Long Range): Spot or Long Range lights are able to penetrate deep into the night. Long Range Lights produce a tighter, more focused circular beam of light (pencil beam) to see way out ahead even at higher speeds. These lights create an extremely bright, hot center beam pattern. Spot beam lights are typically used for Off Highway, Commercial, Agricultural and Racing applications. 2. Driving and Spread Beam: Driving lights are designed to supplement your high beam headlights. Driving Lights produce a rectangular shaped beam pattern that can reach further and wider than your headlights. Driving lights are very useful to create visibility near the sides of roadways and out in front of the vehicle. They are great for all around trail riding as well. Spread beam lights are similar to Driving but tend to be brighter, wider and possibly taller. Spread beam lights are great lights for multi-purpose off-road use. 3. Fog Beam: Fog lights are intended to be mounted below the headlights and project a beam pattern which is very wide horizontally and narrow vertically usually called a cut-off. This pattern lights up a pathway close to the ground but does not light the airborne particles in the line of sight while driving - this increases the visibility in harder to see conditions. KC Fog beams are very useful in Dust, Fog, Rain and Snow. They also work well as Cornering lights in clear conditions and are optically designed to increase visibility in tandem with your primary headlights. 4. Flood Beam: Flood beams create a large wide pattern of light that floods an area with an extremely tall vertical and wide horizontal light pattern. These lights are typically used as work lights and back-up lights to see a broader area at shorter distances. PS: some of the inputs taken from https://support.kchilites.com/ & https://www.autocarindia.com/ PC: Google & https://support.kchilites.com/
  3. Roadtrips... long drives... holiday to the hills driving our car, gives a high to all the drivers. Driving to the beaches or to the unexplored hills with our family or friends is an all-time favorite activity. Driving is fun, but a single error makes it a disaster. All drivers know the feeling - a frightening realization behind the wheel of the car when a wave of drowsiness hits, that you may be too tired to go on. A blink of an eye is all it takes for one to end up trapped inside a toppled car or a badly mangled car in the opposite lane. 20% of the accidents on Indian Highways are caused by driver fatigue says a survey. It all happens in seconds, as said above, in a blink of an eye. Drowsiness is extremely dangerous. Pushing yourself beyond the limits, just to make it on time or just to boast to your friends of your achievements of "non-stop 800kms drive" is the last thing you would want to do. You Can’t Afford to Drive on Through Fatigue Fatigue is a serious concern for everyone on the road. Feeling sleepy makes a driver, less attentive, and affects the driver’s ability to make quick decisions. You need to be able to navigate, merge safely, respond to unpredictable drivers, accidents, potholes or even the sudden appearance of a cattle. Delayed reaction time can mean the difference between life and death – for you, or another person on the road. A tired mind also has more trouble concentrating, making it difficult to judge speed and distance. Entering a trance-like state while driving is a trait we notice quite often while driving on highways at a constant speed, at constant cabin temperature. This is known as Highway Hypnosis. Becoming attuned to your body and its need for rest and sleep will make you a safer driver. Warning Signals that It’s Time to Get Off the Road Driving requires your undivided attention. If you notice one or more of these signs, it is time to get off the wheel and rest. Frequent yawning & fidgeting Frequent lane changes without knowing Tailgating Erratic Braking Inconsistent speed Delayed reaction time Missing on turns and signboards Missing to check on ORVMs IRVMs Missing to use indicators Rolling down the window for fresh air Blurred vision or frequent blinking 5 Tips to Combat Fatigue 1. Surveys show that a short nap can increase alertness and significantly lower the risk of driver fatigue. Take a short twenty-minute nap, preferably before you become too sleepy. 2. Avoid medications that may induce drowsiness. 3. Eat a healthy and balanced meal at regular intervals. Lack of proper food leads to a drop in blood sugar levels which makes us drowsy. Also, heavy meals make us lazy and sluggish increasing the drowsiness. 4. Coffee, smoking, turning up the volume on the radio and fresh air only work for short periods of time. Do not rely on them to keep you alert. (Personal experience, play those songs that give you a good feeling. Not too loud and not too much music. Play it at a medium volume, this will help you cruise at a constant speed making you feel attentive.) 5. Stay hydrated and also keep switching between ‘recirculating’ and ‘fresh-air’ modes on the air-con. A change in temperature helps you stay more alert. (Personal experience, roll down the window and allow fresh air and those traffic sound to enter the cabin. Hearing those makes us attentive and lets us drive till we find a good tree to rest under.) Above all, never forget to take naps at regular intervals. It's not only beneficial to you, but also to your car, its engine, and tires. If you are really tired, never attempt to drive beyond the limits. It's your maturity and safe driving habits that ultimately call you a good driver, not your "800kms non-stop achievements".
  4. Hi all, This is the Pune-Bangalore road condition as on 14th Oct 2019. This is a detailed explanation and a long post so kindly read it at your leisure. A stretch of almost 870 kms from Pune. Until Hubli you dont have to fall down under. It is a beautiful highway to drive on. Your patience is taken for a toss from Hubli. Your real journey starts now :p After Hubli, almost close to 150-200 kms, you have to deal with some rough patches of the road because a lot of construction activity is in progress. May be two years down the line it will be the best highway. After the trouble with all the rubble, here comes the best stretch of the highway which is the last two hundred kilometres where you feel you are in heaven. You can easily touch speeds upto 130-140 kmph with ease and it is a 6-Lane highway. In most parts of the highway until Kolhapur or may be little further you will find some shoddy white strips (refer video) which spread across hundred metres before you cross every village. These are nasty, so you may want to speed up a bit; instead of travelling at 40 or 60 kmph, travel at speeds of nearly 80-100 kmph so that you don't feel these jerks. However, be careful of two wheeler and pedestrians crossing the roads in these villages. After Hubli, you may not find too many food options so carry lot of snacks with you. Especially, when you are travelling with kids ensure that you take decent quantity of food. However, here and there you might find small outlets which are just average. But if you are looking for some good options you will have to wait until the last 100 to 130 kilometres stretch towards Bangalore. Last but not the least, as far as possible, avoid driving in the night in this stretch from Hubli because in certain places you will not find diversion symbols near construction areas, you wont see shoulder line markings, lane markings in most of the places thus making it a difficult drive during nights. Both the driver and navigator have to be really careful to ensure that everyone is safe by Praneeth Palakodeti
  5. Guys can someone please suggest the route and pit-stops to ooty from Hyderabad and best place to stay in ooty I'm planning to go on 16th December 2018
  6. Download links Android Playstore This mobile App is for the National Highway Commuters of India, who wish to cross through a National Toll road in a pre-informed manner. The App also prevents frauds by way of overcharging by a Toll Plaza as it informs the user about the fee applicable. While on move, users can know the places of interest & Route to theses places if he/she wishes. The App tells real time waiting time at a plaza as at a particular time. Once the user crosses a plaza, he/she can also give feedback of his experience through the toll plaza. Key features 1. Nearby toll Plazas 2. Toll Plazas en-route 3. Fast-Tag 4. Know your highway 5. Report an issue 6. Report summery (issue tracker) 7. Near by (Hotels, hospitals, ATM and Fuel) Will give more details once I use the app. Overall app is impressive. Adding few screen shots. Home screen Near by works only on GPS, we cannot slect the place manually.
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