लिखने की उन्होंने हमे यूँ उसकाया की अब लिखने मैं आनंद सा आने लगा. भले कोई ख़ास नहीं लिख पाते पर एक लत सी लगने लगी है. हर वक़्त ढूँढता हूँ कुछ लिख जावू. कभी कुछ रुमानियाँ, कभी दर्द तो कभी कुछ, तीन शब्दों मैं अपने मन की भड़ास निकाल ही लिया करता हूँ. कुछ दिनों से हम सोच रहे थे की अपनी बातें ही लिखना शुरू करू जैसे आत्म कथा लिखी जाती है. पर, लेखनी मैं ऐसी कोई दम नहीं थी. सो, हमने सोचा की क्यूँ न अपनी चौपाल पर घटते कथा को लेखनी मैं बदलना शुरू करू. कोई आत्म कथा नही पर संस्मरण तो हो ही सकता है.
Dec 10, 2014
24-7 way of driving a Secured Life
I am not a writer. I am not a poet. I am not even a Song
Composer. I am not a role model and I don’t follow Safety Begins with me” forced me to nourish
my experiences into a post. I only have four years driving a four wheeler and
twenty plus years on two wheelers. A scar on my face when I was eight, a broken
watch of my wife, a near to death
experience in front of a bus wheel, a car collapsing incidence involving my
uncle and his entire family; are the few of the incidences when I believed Safety
comes first. These incidences make me say and believe in phrase “meri to fatati
hai” on roads. I am not sure how to use the phrase in English, but yes this is
what I hear from people when they encourage me to go unsafe. I would prefer to
stay safe than to please a moron who in return would always say “teri to fatati
I am a person who would buy an Insurance to cover my family,
save out a good portion of my salary to ensure my family is financially
protected when I am not there. I care for my family and strongly believe that my own safety is
the foremost thing for my family’s
safety. A person who spends almost
quarter of his office time driving is exposed to Risks that can be
compared with any high risk job like that of a fire fighters’. So how can I
ignore my own safety. Above all, I work for a company where all their meeting
starts with Safety Messages.
For me safety is first and is active 24 by 7.
Yes, it’s 24 by 7 alertness, right from lighting a gas oven to driving a
car. I have my own definition of it. I use the formula as “24-7” on Roads. Let
me share it with you.
before you board in,
when I am on driving seat , and
seven : while
driving on roads.
TWO : before I board-in the car:
1.FAMILY : when you are leaving your
home say “I will be back for you”.
This is the commitmen
t you make every day. Look
into the eyes of your parent, wife, kids and yes friends without whom
you are incomplete. They all love you much more than you would love them. This
commitment to the loved ones and their love and their blessing would keep you
“SAFE” and “SAVE YOU” from all the
ignorant “OTHER” drivers, who are majorly, the probable cause of an accident. Clipping
a picture of loved ones could be a great
idea which can keep your driving safe and remain motivated to safety.
2.TYRE PRESSURE : you took those seven
vows when you got married, now take one around the car every morning for your
own safety. Check, if all the tyres are
not flat and are boasting with all the egos (read as pressure) and there are no
FOUR : when I am
on driving seat :
1.MIRROR : Rear view, Right and Left
view Mirrors: these three tiny eyes help me keep a vigil on all evil careless
drivers on road. These three makes me behave like a James bond with 360 degrees
view of my surrounding and I set them wide open and use it frequently. My son
says I drive like a crow, looking constantly at these.
BELTS: a Seat belt ties you with the seat. When there is an impact, the body moves forward and you may hit
the dashboard, causing injuries to your head. The seat belt secures your body
against forward impact on the dashboard. It saves you and your loved ones from
the impact. When I was not using them, I found these as clutches and felt inconvenient to use it. When
I experienced the beauty of this seat belt, I can’t drive without wearing them
now. These are wonderful devices for safety and are master piece of innovation,
saving millions from fatal injury. (Try out
my experiment to see how your body moves forward) .
Go to a field or an empty road. Balance a light ball behind
your driving seat and head. Drive at a high speed and suddenly apply full
experiment on seat belt
Without a Seat
belt : the your body moves forward and ball gets drop. This
is the minimum position you would have, during an impact. You would have almost
hit the dashboard.
Secured with Seat Belt :
try any speed and any breaking pressure, the ball will slide a little.
Conclusion: you draw it…to wearing or not wearing a seat belt.
REST: I had never noticed these till the time I read it on net one day.
These small devices fitted above your seat are also a protective device. When
there is an impact from backside, your body moves forward and head backward. This sudden impact may dislocate the neck bone
making a permanent injuries. These small pieces holds your head against the
impact. To safeguard yourself, these head rest requires to be set at a correct
position. The centre of the head rest
should be aligned in line with your ears. Once an impact your neck hits the
rest and absorbs the shock.
4. AIR BAGS : In India, we never have the Air
Bags checked while choosing a car. Air
bags are those protective pillows which opens up when there is an impact. If
the same is fitted in the car, notice the signal of Airbags and ensure these
are normal. The sign switches on and
switches off once we start the car.
These four are my routine checks once I am in driving seat
and awaiting the engine to warm up a little. Simple exercises, mostly all are
in place once we set these up.
SEVEN: while driving on roads :
1.Speed : Road signs with speed limits are
very scientific. Roads are marked with
road signs after lots of theoretical and practical calculations. If obeyed,
saves a lots of accidents. I have promised myself that I would never over speed.
I am not born to drive in a race, lets leave that to Formula one racing team. Oh
yes…look at the safety procedure they observe.
2. Safe Distance : I always maintain a safe
distance and the best way on a traffic jam is to see the bottom of the rear tyres
of the car in front of you. And as you speed up, increase the distance of your
car. A table below can help. Try to experiment on an empty road to realize
driving : you can never reach faster if you are not in lane. If you thought
making your own lanes would reach you faster, take a moment and visualize the
driving: never drive, if I am drunk.
****If you can walk under the influence of an alcohol in a
straight line, you can attempt driving. If you cannot manage walking when drunk
how can you manage a car on road.
**** Take this another challenge below on wine glasses.
Fill in two glasses of your favorite drink and try balancing it
without spilling the drink. If you can,
dare to drive.
I hate drinking alone and my buddies take turns to drop each
one of us home safely. We decide on for the “Angel” before we set out for the
Phone: Mobile is one of the biggest
reason (upto 20%) for accidents,. It diverts you from the roads to mobile
conversation. Professionally, we are so engrossed with our work and have
pressure to deliver, we cannot ignore communicating with other people.
Investing in a headset or Bluetooth can help if car is not having a facility of
mobile connectivity. I have a dedicated head set always in my car for my mobile
phone. I have my own rules, for all conversation requiring :
minute : attend it, on head set.
1-3 minutes : park the car and attend to it.
>3 minutes : excuse myself and call back
once I am off the car.
These days once appreciates if you explain them that you are
driving and can call you back once you can park your car.
driving: I hate those morons who drive with an High Beam on for their
Headlights. If I cannot look at a torch light for even 10 second, how can I
drive with a high beam causing difficulties in driving.
Driving : while driving be like a teen aged girl, who keeps an eye on her
environment, people etc while she is walking. While, I know what’s happening in
front of me, I keep looking at mirror to find what’s happening behind. At times
when I am driving fast, i keep noticing the color of the car behind me and do a
commentary in mind. This helps me noticing sudden changes in a drivers mood and
his driving at back and take my safe steps.
A Car, a Bike a Truck is a prized possession and we feel
proud in driving those. Bringing safe behavior and keeping the prized possession
enhances my pride.
Above all, we have only one life and would not love to be on
wheel chair or with amputated limbs or be like a vegetable lying on bed throughout
my life. I would rather enjoy my life safely.
We have One
let’s live 24x7,
365 days a year with our loved ones …and
let’s be safe
24-7, adopt 24-7 while driving. Safety begins
with me, for my family, for my fellow drivers who drives with me.