It was Onam again, Onam is a South Indian Festival, well specifically celebrated by Keralites all over the world. It is the one time of the year when dad takes a vacation by closing our shop for a few days usually 3 to 5 days, and then we all go visit some place outside our city. This year was no different, but we had no proper plan as to where we were going this time around. So we set out hoping to go to Bangalore after stopping by at Coimbatore. But for some reason the plan changed and we skipped going to Coimbatore. The usual road to Coimbatore was a real messed up one, you know what Indian roads are famous for, potholes all over the road . And since our car was a Skoda Octavia RS, which is low slung and if not driven carefully will hit underneath when driving over the potholes dad was hesitant to go that route. Someone had recently told him about the Express Highway claiming its a good road. So he decided to go that way. So we went down South to Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu where the Express Highway starts and joined the road. The road was like paradise, for me it was like the roads I've seen in movies, wide open roads with no speed limitations.
The road was almost empty and wide enough to unleash the beast within our tuned up machine. Our car was customized to churn out 300bhp at Pete's. Just that there never was any road good enough for the beast to unleash its power, now the playground was wide open. Dad stepped on it when the road was clear with long stretches visible. The roaring sound of the engine was a pure fantasy to listen to. At times he used to slow down the car and then jam on the gas and the car would pounce like a wild cat. He managed to top 170km/h and never tried to overdo. Anyway this was quite higher than the 140km/hr done with the 2000 model Honda City Vtec which we owned once. Later on I was given the wheel, this was the first time i was driving the car after the latest tune up. The car was super responsive, super quick to accelerate as well as to slow down. Dad told me to keep it around 60km/hr but well the road was too good for me to resist, so I topped 120km/hr and most of the time kept driving constantly at 100km/hr.
There was this one incident when we were almost at Bangalore, somewhere just before Hosur, there was this Indica taxi , which I had overtaken once, but it went ahead when I let the speed fall. I was approaching a downhill slope, so i let go of the accelerator to save fuel. But unfortunately the car was gaining speed. We were on the left track, the Indica on the right track, and we were gaining on it. There was a truck in front of me, I was confused whether to jam the brakes or to overtake the Indica and go. But by then i reached too close to the truck and I decided to cut across and go, put the indicator and jammed the pedal , maybe it was too close to the Indica, but I went pulled ahead of it in no time. But then in some time that taxi driver overtook us swearing something. I was left confused if I did something wrong, so kept the speeds low then on.
After two days we were coming back, when this incident took place, it was breath taking. Dad was driving at a constant speed so as to not burn fuel away. There was a truck and a motorcycle up ahead. They were slower so dad was going to overtake them anyway. Just when he was pulling across the truck , the biker cut across with no signs. Our car running at 100km/hr. He was done for. Then dad saw the gap, which was left for making U-turns, he switched tracks, and jammed the brakes, we went past them and stopped facing oncoming traffic. Luckily there wasn't much traffic so we stopped. All of us shocked to the core. Best part was that the biker went by us staring at us,through the oncoming lane as if nothing ever happened. He didn't even realize that he was lucky to be alive. It was a real shocker and thank God nothing happened to anyone.
I just have one thing to say, people please follow traffic rules, they are for your own safety not for others or the Government. If you see someone who doesn't follow the rules, that doesn't give you the right to follow their lead to your own death.