Speed or Not To Speed, that is the question. On June 27, 2021 was like any
other weekend for the bunch of youngsters speeding on the Gurugram-Faridabad
highway near the Delhi border. This long
stretch of road does not have a single speed breaker, nor are there speed
limits mentioned here and nor are there any speed cameras to check erring
on high speed motorcycles and remapped cars were driving at insane speeds as
though it was a race track, putting to risk the normal traffic, cyclists and
occasional runners. What were they trying to achieve? They went up and down the
road at breakneck speeds, exceeding 175kmph to 180kmph easily. The speeds were
the cops don’t take control of this stretch soon, or similar stretches across
the country, mistakes are bound to happen.
Accidents and deaths cannot be ruled out in the near future. Speed, they
say, thrills, but kills too. How is that when speed limits on Indian roads
range between 30kmph (in service lanes and residential areas) to 50 and 70kmph
on normal roads to 120kmph on some highways, these motorcyclists and car
drivers are able to drive so dangerously on this highways?
the law an ass? Or are people absolutely mindless or insensitive when it comes
to following the law? Or is there fun in breaking the law? I am talking about
disobeying speed limits and racing on public roads. I have more questions than answers
do Indian drivers slow their speeds just before they come near a speed camera?
Why do they accelerate their vehicles, the moment they cross these speed
cameras? Why do Indian parents drive their vehicles at high speeds with their
kids on their laps? Why do vehicle
manufacturers make vehicles that can travel at insane speeds when the speed
limits on national highway in India are barely around 120kmph?
cars and bikes are meant for the tracks, why do they ply on public roads, and
why not on tracks? Why do people fiddle with their car’s Electronic Control
Unit or ECU? This fiddling process was once called “chipping”. It involved
swapping the factory fitted microchip with an aftermarket smartly programmed
chip. The fiddling has now taken a more refined word - “remapping”. It’s
basically rewriting the vehicle’s ECU programme and uploading the new software from
the laptop via the car’s Onboard Diagnostic Port (OBD). The intention is only
to boost the power and torque so that the vehicle can attain insane speeds. Are
the traffic policemen in India aware of these at all? If they are, what are
they doing to discourage this?
a vehicle and boosting a vehicle’s power with new performance parts are usually
done by racing enthusiasts. But then that kind of vehicle is not driven on
public roads but is rather taken on a flat bed vehicle to the racing track
where the vehicle can be driven in a controlled environment.
about performance, what about decibel levels emitted by vehicles? Youngsters
change their entire exhaust systems in bikes and cars to get that extra oomph
from their vehicles. Car drivers can activate their valvetronic exhausts by the
switch of their remote key and ensure
that their vehicles emit a loud throaty sound and even perform powerfully. Are
the traffic cops aware of these modifications done by people? Do they know how
to discover the add-on parts that make a vehicle roar?
In order to understand this insane manipulation of technology to boost vehicles
and the dangerous driving and riding habits of the young, it is important not just for the public, but
also for bureaucrats, politicians and the entire police force to come together
and debate on the dos and don’ts of driving and riding at such high speeds. Even
vehicle manufacturers need to take the blame. They need to explain why they
make high speed vehicles that are finally to be driven on public roads? It’s
time for a lot of answers. Should these vehicles not just be for the tracks?
It’s time to
realise that public roads are no race tracks and that your ordinary cars and
bikes are not meant for racing.
is an overpopulated country with far too many people and stray animals. Besides
we are a country, with far too many people sleeping on road dividers and walking
on the roads for lack of footpaths. You
have got to drive carefully in such circumstances!