I’m thinking about quitting driving

I’m thinking about quitting driving

01/08/2021

I know that running into an animal on the highway is quite common but makes me realize that it’s only a matter of time before I get into a more serious accident involving a vehicle or person considering the number of close shaves.

carnutfrombanga recently shared this with other BHPians.

I have driven about 115,000 km in 5 years, just letting other members know that I am no stranger to Indian road conditions and would like to believe that I follow most rules & best practices for highway driving, most of the time.

I have unfortunately seen quite a few vehicles and people post accidents. I’ve had quite a few near hits with trucks, cattle, canines, humans and an assortment of other vehicles.

The latest incident which made me rethink about driving in India was a dog jumping out on the highway to the middle of the road and my car running over it.

There was no place for me to pull over to help the animal (a long stretch with barricades on the side of the road), but saw it limping/scampering away in my rear view mirror.

I hope the dog survived with minor injuries, or at least died quickly if it was more serious.

I know that running into an animal on the highway is quite common but makes me realize that it’s only a matter of time before I get into a more serious accident involving a vehicle or person considering the number of close shaves.

I have driven another 1,700 km on the highway since then but have become cautious. I have kept my speeds low and keep expecting a worst-case scenario. I am thinking of quitting driving but I won’t be able to for at least the next 6 months.

I can’t afford to keep a driver for highway trips.

How do other BHPians cope?

PS: It’s been a cathartic experience just writing this post.

Thanks to carnutfrombanga once again! Check out BHPian comments for more insights & information

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