Tips for driving safely in the hills

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Most drivers from the plains know little about hill driving etiquette and therefore end up using their car horns more than the car’s mechanicals. Most people don’t know what gear to use or how to avoid over cooking the brakes while driving downhill. No wonder a large percentage of hill road accidents involve drivers from plains with little hill driving experience. Here’s a crash course on how to tackle the mountains.

Overtaking

As your sight of vision will be shorter while driving uphill and also the fall of the headlights would be limited, drive with utmost care because the traffic against you, is anyway moving faster coming down the hill.

Before overtaking, check traffic signs for bends, narrow bridges or any other information available. Also, watch the vehicle in front before overtaking for any signs of change in speed, an overtaking move or swerving. Remember he has a better view of the road ahead and might be taking remedial action before you can even see the obstruction ahead.

On any uphill climb, gravity slows you down. The steeper the road, the more you will have to use lower gears to climb hills or mountains. In coming down a long steep downhill, gravity causes the speed of your vehicle to increase you must select an appropriate safe speed, then use a low gear, and use proper and judicious braking techniques.

Brakes work thanks to the friction created between the pads and the discs. Naturally, friction causes heat and excessive heat can cause brake fade. It’s therefore important to balance engine braking with mechanical braking techniques.

One should also plan ahead and obtain information about any long steep hills along your planned route of travel. If possible, talk to other drivers who are familiar with the area to find out what speeds are safe.

Escape ramps

Escape ramps are specially built on most steep mountain roads to allow drivers to either make stops or allow overtaking as normally the roads are not very wide to permit drivers to make a stop wherever they desire.

Escape ramps normally have a long bed of loose soft material like gravel to slow a runaway vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for escape ramp locations on your route and only stop on them to allow free flow of traffic and for your own safety. Signs often show drivers where ramps are located.

Speed and curves

Slow down to a safe speed before you enter a curve as braking in a curve is dangerous as it can cause the vehicle to spin out of control thanks to weight shift. Don’t ever exceed the posted speed limit for the curves, your speed should be normally just under what is posted. Be in a gear that will allow slight acceleration through the curve as this will help maintain control. When entering a curve while going downhill, allow gravity to provide the slight acceleration.

Lane position in a corner

Maintaining the right lane position around a bend will help avoid head-on collisions. Stay centered in the lane to keep a safe clearance on all sides of the vehicle.

Hugging the outside of a curve increases the chance of dropping a tyre off the paved portion of the road onto a soft shoulder and losing traction. Hugging the inside of a curve on the other hand, increases your changes of a head-on accident especially around right handers as you end up driving in the wrong lane and have little time to avoid an on coming vehicle or even rocks on the road.

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Domestic sales of Baleno reach one lakh units

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New Delhi, October 4, 2016: Maruti Suzuki India Limited’s (MSIL) premium hatchback, Baleno, has crossed a cumulative domestic sale of one lakh units today.

Launched in Oct 2015, Baleno is one of the top selling models for Maruti Suzuki and has emerged as the leading premium hatchback in India.

While Baleno has gained popularity for its innovative styling, spacious interiors and class-leading features, the superior ride and handling, safety and fuel efficiency have added to its appeal among customers. All Baleno customers have received their cars through NEXA, the new retail experience offered by Maruti Suzuki.

In addition to domestic sales, 33,800 Baleno cars have been exported across the world, including to Japan and Europe.

To mark the occasion of Baleno achieving one lakh domestic sales, Maruti Suzuki’s Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Mr. R S Kalsi, said, “Baleno is one of the big success stories of the Indian auto industry. Baleno carries our new design philosophy and is equipped with several high-end features and technologies like Apple CarPlay that have attracted young customers. Our engineers have ensured that built on an innovative new platform, Baleno offers superior ride and handling, besides best-in-class fuel efficiency. Safety features like dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard in Baleno – another first for this segment. It is truly a symbol of Make-in-India.”

Besides the one lakh Baleno cars sold, many customers have placed orders for the car and will receive delivery in the next few months. Mr Kalsi said: “I express gratitude to all these customers. This reflects their trust in Baleno. We have optimized our production so that we can deliver their cars in the committed timeframe while ensuring the highest levels of quality”.

A symbol of the Make-in-India mission, Baleno is exclusively manufactured in India. It is the first car to be exported from India to Japan. Maruti Suzuki plans to export the car to 100 international markets. Apart from Japan, the vehicle is being exported to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.

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How to Jump Start a Car Battery

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Learning how to jump start a car battery isn’t difficult, but it can definitely be intimidating for first-timers. Here are some of the reasons why your battery might have died and some tips for jumping starting your battery that will help you get back on the road in no time.

Why Did My Battery Die?

The most common cause of a dead battery is leaving your lights on all night long, but that’s not necessarily the only way to drain your battery. Other culprits can include an interior light that doesn’t shut off due to a faulty door latch or trunk switch, a faulty alternator, or even a poorly installed stereo system, subwoofer, or car alarm that may be leeching power through a short circuit. If you find your battery is constantly dying on you, it’s worth heading to a professional to diagnose the problem.

Choose The Right Tools For The Job

There are two basic tools used to jump start a car battery.

The first is standard jumper cables, which are intended to connect your car’s electrical system directly to that of another vehicle nearby, allowing you to use its juice to get your engine going. You’ll need to choose the right length of cable; standard units force you to park face-to-face. That’s not always possible on a busy highway, where it may be safer to park nose-to-tail and use a set of extended cables. Thicker cables, noted by their lower gauge size, will also transmit electricity more efficiently, which makes for easier jump-starting. Finally, solid copper clamps always beat copper-plated clamps as the latter design (Sugg.: because the plating) can wear off over time and significantly reduce your ability to jump start a car battery.

Another option is a portable power pack, which is a self-contained battery you can keep charged in your trunk or garage. The pack can be attached to your car’s battery and save you from having to wait for a rescue.

Making The Connection

Regardless of whether you use cables or a power pack, learning how to jump start a car battery requires you to understand how to make the right connection with your vehicle’s electrical system.

Always connect the positive terminals first. Then connect the negative terminals, starting by the working battery.

Although you are likely familiar with the concept of connecting the positive terminals and negative terminals together using jumper cables, it’s a good idea to clamp to the chassis of the car being jumped started instead of the dead battery’s negative pole. This provides you with a stronger ground—the battery itself has to ground out through the chassis, so you are cutting out the middleman—and ensures that any sparks that might fly are located far away from the battery, which could be venting flammable gases.

If you are using a battery pack, you’ll follow the same steps: positive cable to positive terminal, negative cable to negative terminal or ground pole/chassis. Lastly, make sure that the pack is on and ready when you crank the ignition on your vehicle.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto associates with “MS Dhoni – The Untold Story”

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Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India’s car market leader, today announced its association with the upcoming movie “MS Dhoni – The Untold Story”. With this association, special editions of Alto inspired by the movie and cricket legend MS Dhoni have been introduced. Cricket icon MS Dhoni, the movie star cast and Mr. RS Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki together unveiled the special editions of Alto800 and AltoK10.

Alto’s association with “MS Dhoni – The Untold Story” is based on the cricketer’s massive popularity which harmonizes with the credibility of Alto in India. As iconic brands both are equally loved and recognised across languages and cultures across India. Alto is the only car brand to cumulatively sell 30 lakh units. MS Dhoni is a living legend of Indian cricket and is recognised for his dynamic leadership style in cricketing world. The achievements and recognitions of both MS Dhoni and Alto make them the true stars of their own leagues.

On the association, Mr. R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “MS Dhoni with his determination, successful leadership and hard work has achieved iconic stature. Maruti Suzuki Alto too is India’s most loved car and an icon amongst automobiles. Alto appeals to customers for its design, performance, high fuel efficiency and affordable cost. Alto and MS Dhoni share great synergy for their unique qualities. This association will help to connect Alto even stronger with the customers.” As a part of the association, Maruti Suzuki is running a series of customer engagement activities on social media. The activity, #DrivenbyPassion, invites Twitter and Facebook followers to share their untold story in 7 words. The winners of the #DrivenbyPassion contest will get an exclusive chance to meet ace cricketer and cast of the movie in Delhi.

Alto inspired by “MS Dhoni – The Untold Story” special edition model :

Features on the special edition models,

  • MS Dhoni signature decal & body graphics
  • MS Dhoni #7 Seat cover
  • 1-Din MP3, USB, AUX + Speaker (in Alto 800 Lxi)
  • Reverse Parking Sensor & Bar graph display
  • Gear Boot cover
  • Premium Carpet Mat
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Spoiler
  • Interior styling kit in carbon color
  • Ambient Light
  • Door sil guard
  • M S Dhoni inspired Merchandise Kit

The special edition Alto has Dhoni inspired sporty seat covers with number “7”, MS Dhoni signature decal and body graphics, high end music system, reverse parking sensors, among others.

The special edition is available in Alto (Lxi) and Alto K10 (Lxi, Vxi) variants. The special edition is offered with a choice of two colour interior combinations (Black+Silver and Red+Blue). Customers can avail the additional features at a nominal attractive price of Rs. 16,777/- (Alto 800 Lxi) and Rs 12,777/- (Alto K10 Lxi & Alto K10 Vxi). These special edition cars will be available for sale at Maruti Suzuki dealerships from the first week of October 2016.

Since its launch in September 2000, Alto has remained in the limelight. Along with being the most loved car, Alto has received various awards and accolades over the years.

Alto, India’s top selling model for over 12 years in a row, has crossed the 30 lakh sales milestone. Alto is the only Indian auto brand to cross this milestone.

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