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Opinion: It is all relative | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

A second-hand Maruti 800 is secure, relying on the place you’re coming from.

Do excuse the image’s decision, because it was taken 16 years in the past on a 2.1 megapixel digicam. That cute bundle of pleasure in my spouse’s arms is my son Samuel and the rationale I purchased my first automobile, a second-hand Maruti 800.

I married at 26 and had my son at 28, so suffice to say, on the time, I hadn’t reached some extent the place I might afford a automobile. However as quickly as I knew we had been anticipating a toddler, I used to be decided to not journey on my bike with an toddler. After all, households travelling on bikes isn’t unprecedented, however someway I wasn’t comfy with the thought my spouse and me with helmets and my youngster solely cradled in her arms. Sure, I’d journey fastidiously, however what if somebody hit us, even at low speeds, what if I misplaced management for some purpose like a canine working throughout my path? I merely couldn’t shake these visuals from my head, so I figured I’d use public transport like autos, taxis and buses.

However then a colleague, Vinod, who until right now I’m grateful to, supplied me his Maruti 800 at a reasonably whole lot. I jumped on the possibility, as it could be safer than the autos and even cycle rickshaws (we had been in Gurgaon then). And so, we scrapped collectively no matter we had and acquired our first automobile, a second-hand Maruti 800, just a few years earlier than we had initially deliberate to purchase a automobile. I additionally purchased a fundamental youngster seat, and because the 800 had no rear seat belts or perhaps a provision for them, we positioned the kid seat on the rear seat base and used the entrance seat again to wedge it in place.

So there we had been, in a automobile that didn’t have a hope in hell of ranking properly in a crash take a look at and with no rear seatbelts too. Terribly unsafe, proper? No!

Certain, I ought to have purchased a safer automobile, one with rear seatbelts and a greater crash security efficiency – which I did later, a Fiat Punto – however till I might afford that, I nonetheless needed the relative security of a automobile, any automobile. So a second-hand Maruti 800 was certainly safer than different choices I’d inevitably find yourself utilizing. In any case, security is not only absolute, but additionally relative.

By now, you’ve in all probability found out that that is in regards to the six airbag proposal. Don’t get me unsuitable, I’m not in opposition to it, removed from it, it’s simply that it might probably’t come at a value. As Hormazd factors out in his column, there are easier, cheaper and simpler methods of protecting one secure. Plus, there’s additionally tax that should be lowered; wishful pondering perhaps, however we’re amongst the very best taxed nations on earth in terms of automobiles, so one thing has to present there too. And right here’s a really sobering footnote, whereas sources range, two- and three-wheelers account for the very best share of street fatalities, twice that of automobiles.

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