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Auto Expo: A Brief Introduction

The Auto Expo is Asia’s largest biennial automotive show held in Greater Noida, NCR, India. Conceived in 1985 and making its debut in 1986 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the expo is focused towards introducing new technology, concepts, innovation and designs in the auto industry.

Jointly organized by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Auto Expo’s path-breaking debut show was a window for technology transfers representing how the Indian Automotive Industry was absorbing the new technologies and promoting indigenous research and development for adapting these technologies for the rugged Indian conditions.

Over the years, the show has only grown stronger. By 2006, it began to see huge overseas participation, with new concepts, launches, as well as trade dialogues. In 2008, it was accredited by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), cementing its reputation as one of the world’s most premier auto shows.

In 2020, the 15th Auto Show aimed to not only focus on the static display of motor vehicles but to also focus on the ‘Entire Mobility Eco-System’, enveloped by the theme of “Co-Create, Co-Exist and Celebrate”. Despite the slowdown in the Indian motor industry, the expo had several big brands take part in the event showcasing multiple new concept cars, with electric vehicles taking centre stage.

Today, the Auto Expo is eagerly anticipated by brands and fans alike.

Car Dash Cam: Should you buy one?

What is a dashcam?
A dashboard camera is a camera that is attached to the back of your rearview mirror or mounted on the windscreen. It continuously records the view through your car’s windscreen and sometimes even the rear or other windows. The recordings are stored in an SD card. Some dashcams have a loop recording feature – which means it automatically deletes the old recordings to make storage for the new footage. In short, it is like a CCTV for your car.

Benefits:
One of the most important benefits of dash cameras is its accident recording capabilities. It helps to capture vehicle collisions or any other dangerous or odd activity. India is filled with characters who ignore road rules; be it jaywalkers, someone not using their turn signals, overtaking, speeding, road rage, drunk driving, or the most common of all – hit and run cases, all of these are common accidents waiting to happen. And more often than not, the footage from a dashcam could serve as defining proof of who was at fault whenever required and help you to claim your car insurance easily.

The internet is also filled with plenty of popular moments when people have caught unique incidents and unexpected events thanks to their dashcams.

Are dashcams legal in India?
There is no law at present that makes installing dash cams illegal, which means they serve the same purpose as having a CCTV installed in your house. There should be no legal objections to having one in your vehicle.

What to look for when buying a dashcam:
At the very least, the dashcam you buy should be able to do the following:

    – Take good quality recordings in all light conditions
    – Have a GPS that can record your speed
    – Have a wide-angle lens to capture as much as possible
    – If the option is available, choose one with a dual-lens so it records both the front and rear view of the car

So, should you get one? Yes. Dashcams are becoming a trend, with more and more customers requesting manufacturers to have them as permanently fitted equipment in cars. Having a dashcam is definitely a benefit, especially on Indian roads and traffic.

Low Beam vs. High Beam: When to Use These Headlights

Headlights are designed specifically to cater to the safety and convenience of the driver and ensure the visibility of other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, animals, as well as other obstacles on the road.

Headlights come in two specific modes — low beam and high beam. The main difference between low and high beam headlights is that a low beam is used for normal night-time driving; whereas high beams are used for driving on roads that have little to no light.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE YOUR LOW BEAM LIGHTS?
Low beam headlights illuminate the road better in certain conditions and allow other drivers to see your vehicle without blinding them, ensuring fewer accidents. They are also ideal for all weather conditions or anytime your visibility is less than 150 metres. As a lower\ beam lights up the road at short ranges, you’ll mostly use them in the city with well-lit roads and areas. Low beams are designed to aim light down to the ground and towards the side; this way they don’t blind vehicles in the opposite direction or those in front of you.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE YOUR HIGH BEAM LIGHTS?
High beam headlights are only suited for use in poorly-lit urban roads and rural areas. They should have limited city usage as they tend to blind oncoming traffic due to their bright, long-range illumination. They’re usually used on highways and areas without much traffic. Because high beams are so bright, be sure to switch to your low beam when you’re approaching a vehicle from behind so you don’t blind the driver ahead of you.

While high beams increase your visibility to 350 to 400 feet and help increase visibility when driving on dark streets or highways, you should never solely rely on high beams; nor should you use them on city roads amongst traffic. Never use high beams during unfavourable weather conditions as they cause glare and momentary blindness, making them extremely unsafe.

Over time, headlights tend to get dirty with accumulated dirt, and this can cause lower illumination and visibility on dark roads. Remember to clean your headlights occasionally as a necessary safety measure.

Make sure you adjust your driving speed according to the road and traffic conditions and always be considerate of the other drivers around you.

Car Safety Checklist for Holiday Trips

When preparing for long road trips, it is always wise to make a complete checklist before you start, as you can never know when your car will break down.

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A good tip is to store an emergency vehicle kit fully equipped at all times in your car. A few must-haves include:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Reflective triangle
  3. A jack
  4. Flashlight with extra batteries
  5. Jumpstart kit
  6. Tyre inflator kit
  7. Extra fuel

Always get your car thoroughly checked and be ready for any emergencies. Remember, when in doubt, just follow the car manual.