Every year approximately 100,000 people die due to car accidents, no matter they are driving or sitting on passenger seat. What causes the car accidents, is it some technical fault in the vehicle or drivers carelessness? I have nearly 16 years of driving experience even before I got my driving license. I had 2 major accidents which were less my fault and more car’s fitness issues, with the gearbox and brakes. Here I would like to share with you both my experiences and like to share why the happen since I have seen death so from so close once when they occur.
My first major accident was in Daihatsu Charade 4 door 1000cc diesel engine, I was heading on the link highway from Hyderabad to Tando Adam, Single road two way traffic, means you have to stay alert and being with 3 more passengers car is heavy and not able to give a throttle quickly. In May 2000, I was driving in an average of 80-90 because the road condition was pretty bumpy and it was hot weather, I was along my father , uncle and cousin. on this road there are several water channels on which road goes up and down, where you cannot see what’s on the other side, it was 4 o clock the sun was out and visibility was clear.while I was crossing channel I went up after crossing I was able to see ahead clearly, but there was a bump in the road on my side so I changed on right side, since we have right hand vehicles in Pakistan I crossed the bump and car float a bit in the air. as a driver I was able to control it, but suddenly my father who was on passenger seat next to driver seat turned my wheel to right side and kept holding it on until than I pulled brakes and emergency brakes car skid and went hit the tree which on the right side of the road, vehicle did not stopped there but went along with road side tree into water channel which was 18 feet down by the road. fortunately it was dry there was no water in this It directly fell by front in the muddy soil and stopped there. I was the only one who was wearing seat belt, so I saw entire thing did not closed my eyes and I had no injuries, where as minor injuries happened to uncle and cousin who was on the back seat. Car was taken out with Tractor chained and bought to the down near to it, ( Tando Jam ) where first images I took of the vehicle and entire from chassis was bended due to impact of falling and hitting the tree. safe recovery but no parts were available there so we had to fix vehicle without brake system and normal welding in 18 hours. only on emergency brakes I drove the vehicle back to Karachi crossing super highway.that was my first experience major accident because after this Charade never came in proper share.
Fixing After Accident
My 2nd experience happened in Karachi on Korangi road, at around 330 am, June, 2007 there was a problem with gearbox it was not able shift in top gear ( 4th ) been driving in 3rd. when I crossed bridge and tried to shift the gear it came in 4th. and I increased my speed from 80 to 120kmph. roads were almost empty, this time I was with my brother on the back seat and cousin on passenger seat next to driver, what he was doing checking sms and keeping cell phone on the dashboard which was irritating but since Daewoo racer changed gear I was trying to control it, but the sms flash was very disturbing. on the road there was water tanker ahead of me, They usually have no lights at back, spilling water and moving at the speed 80 kmph, I reached behind with in no time behind it but suddenly pulled brakes and changed the middle lane to right side lane, since there were no brake rights behind it I used hand brake ( emergency brakes ) since my brakes were not good enough to stop daewoo racer on 120kmph my car turned toward left and skidding as truck moved from front I saw Suzuki Van standing in the middle land and with in fraction of second Daweoo hit the Suzuki Van splashing my side mirror cracking wind screen throwing suzuki van 10 to 15 meters away, by now my car lost motion but still moving this time straight to foot path so I immidiately turned the wheel and used emergency brakes. It hit the foot path from left side braking left whee and went on along with foot path till it stopped. I was taken out of the driver’s seat and brother suffered minor internal injuries but cousin had fracture in his head. Car was total loss. even than I fixed it back which took me almost 8 months.
In my driving experience I was have never seen any person leaving vehicle in the middle lane, without proper indication ( hazard lights on ) and I have never seen water Tanker having rear brake lights or any light at all, to me it was more fault of tanker and the suzuki van driver, even for this I was accused and had trials in court until lady judge asked me how it happened. my charges were over speeding road accident but tanker people were never called in the court and suzuki van people only wanted claim not admitting their mistake of parking a vehicle at 330 am which was short of fuel. anyways it continued and ended after 6 months in court.
The times you shouldn’t drive on highway if you been driving or up since early ( the dawn time ) it’s very risky and dangerous.
always check tyre pressure and brakes before you drive. carelessness cause accident.
as my father says “ when your driving think every every single driver is blind and only you have eyes” it helped me a lot.
keeping an exact judgement of the road and speed you be sure than you know to stop the vehicle less than 7 seconds to jam.
Car is never friendly, so never trust the instruments or brakes 100 percent.
speeding is thrilling but killer as well.
It’s better to be late than never, 90 percent carelessness and over confidence cause these accidents. Follow the road safety and drive in limits, avoid wrong over takes and if you lack from patience please avoid to drive, because it can harm you badly, In my both experience I was saved head till toe because I knew how to control vehicle when it turns into wild horse. but mostly over speeding cause the fatal accidents.
I shared with you my personal accidents experience and I mentioned as they happened, I hope it would a lesson from a driver to driver, because situations could be worst than I mentioned.
I have 14 years of Daewoo Racer Experience, I understand pits and pieces of the vehicle, I ranked this vehicle as 2nd fastest car on the streets, The response is good and brakes after alternation are best. for Drag racing, I used this and my 1# Ranked Toyota corolla 86 1.5 litre is the fastest car with rapid response, here in Pakistan yet no other car has gone faster and responded active as they both did after alternation.
By : Farhan Imaan
10th December 2012