With roads all blocked from Kufri onwards and no chance of reaching Kotgarh, today made a small detour to Kasauli with family. This year we have not been beyond Shimla, thanks to the new addition in the family, the 11 month old toddler. Actually mothers get hyper with babies. It was with great cajoling that Anu agreed to a day trip to Kasauli.
Drive from Taradevi onwards was nerve breaking. With news of snowfall getting flashed in the plains, traffic was much heavier. The pleasant drive down the winding hill roads became a nightmare, when faced with hundreds of cars coming up, carrying the horrific driving habits of the plains with them. The biggest problem with these drivers from the plains is they drive on the middle of the road. They need to understand that driving in the hills is a completly different ball game.If any of the urbane drivers happens to read this… here are a few rules for safe driving in the hills.
Rule 1: The driver in front of you is not in race with you. So relax, take it easy and enjoy the journey.
Rule 2: The driver behind you is not your enemy. Don’t block his path.
Rule 3: The driver overtaking you from the right which is the correct way is not committing an act of treason. Let him pass.
Rule 4: The line in the middle of the road is not there to align your car astride it. Please beleive it is there to keep to its left.
Rule 5: Learn from the wisdom of the hills and don’t be in a hurry. The price that you pay for those few moments is not worth it.
Rule 6: SMILE and hold that smile. You never know who is busy clicking pictures of the hills. You might find yourself in the foreground and that frown won’t do justice to your handsome face.
Rule 7: Be accomodative to the pedestrians also. Unlike in the plains, the pedesterians of the hills are equal shareholders. Yes I know we hill folks are crazy, so be it, but the pedestrians do have a right of way in the hills.
Rule 9: Smile! Hey you deserve it.
Rule 10: Now that you are in the paradise, help us keep it clean unless you don’t ever want to visit us again!
(Driving rules – thanks to the original poster)