Why Pile-ups like Yamuna Expressway Won’t Cease


Why Pile-ups like Yamuna Expressway Won’t Cease

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ndians treat fellow motorists the same way they would treat a dog turd lying in the middle of the road: We ignore it until it gets really close, then swerve out of the way at the last minute, swearing the entire time. Experts from around the world will probably agree that this is not the ideal way to conduct yourself when you’re travelling at 120 kmph in a Korean-made metal death machine. But statistics repeatedly show that when it comes to driving, most Indians have learnt the ropes from Salman Khan(‘s driver).

It’s not surprising that we have incidents like the Yamuna Expressway pile-up when 90 per cent of the reflecting lights made in this country are probably sent to Sunburn for raves. Car makers in India have given up on trying to sell people safety equipment and have instead shifted focus to the things that really matter — like owning a touchscreen radio. The closest thing we can get to a free airbag in our lives are the gaseous emissions Rishi Kapoor lets out on Twitter.