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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 23 Jun 2010
Dreaming of zooming off on your hot wheels…and your destination includes a rocky Ghat? Think again. Your car is sure to undergo maximum strain while climbing a Ghat, so run a speedy check on your car’s fitness condition. Most breakdowns happen while driving uphill, taking hairpin turns, or on steep hilly terrain.
Here are a few tips:
- Run a thorough general check on your car in an authorized service centre well in advance.
- Pay special attention to brakes, clutch and accelerator efficiency as they are more prone to heavy tension.
- Inflate the stephney/spare tyre to suitable pressure levels as it comes handy in the rugged landscape.
- Simple and crucial, fill your car’s fuel tank before setting off.
- Use fog lamps even at daytime to help visibility.
- Your car tools-set should have open-end spanners, reversible screwdriver, a pair of pliers, torch.
- Be prepared with prescribed medicines in case of nausea symptoms at high altitudes.
- Pre plan the route you wish to take (eg. Use a state or highway map of India) prior to starting off on your tour.
- Always avoid night journey on Ghat roads (especially when it is two way).
- And on the safer note, apply for a car insurance policy to claim your losses due to landslide, earthquake, storm and flood.
Some famous and dangerous ghats in India – Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass, Taglang La Pass and Lachlung La Pass in Himachal, Khyber Pass, Khardung La Pass and Karakoram Pass in J&K.
Traveling through mountain Ghats is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Getting organized and following few simple but crucial steps would help you save undue frustration on your journey.
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