Does Delhi really have the worst traffic?

Delhi has the most number of registered vehicles (as well as millions of unregistered ones) of all Indian metros. In fact, the rise in the number of vehicles in Delhi has been phenomenal.

Data indicates that vehicular emissions has been on the rise ever since, overtaking domestic and industrial air pollution.

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(source: “Vehicular Pollution in India”, Smriti Chand)

However, if you look at the latest data of Numbeo, you will find that there are 3 Indian cities in the top 10 cities with the Worst Traffic Conditions in the World.

And Delhi is NOT one of them.

The ranking is based on a number of factors such as CO2 emissions, the average time spent by a commuter in traffic, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system among others.

The ranking includes various indices such as the Inefficiency Index, Time Index, Time Experience Index, Traffic Index, etc. which correspond to factors such as CO2 consumption due to traffic time, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction and more.

Upon analysis of the report, one sees that Mumbai tops the list, along with Pune at 3rd position and Kolkata at 5th. According to the index, it takes a person an average of 66.18 minutes to reach his/her destination in Mumbai, 60.82 minutes in Pune and 58 minutes in Kolkata.

Other Indian cities feature on the list as well. Bangalore is in 19th place, Coimbatore in 21st, Delhi in 23rd, Hyderabad in 25th and Chennai in 49th.

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Having 8 cities on the list, India finds itself in 13th place on a traffic index by country beaten by countries like Kenya, Russia and Philippines.

This is not to say that Delhi does not have a serious traffic congestion problem. But with wider roads, a system of flyovers and underpasses and metro connectivity, Delhi does not, contrary to popular belief, have the worst traffic conditions in India.

 

The Odd-Even Rule: 2 day report

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Today is day 3 of the Odd-Even rule experiment. Although it is too soon to tell whether the rule has been a success or not, preliminary reports and data indicate a largely positive scenario.

According to the data released by the Delhi Government, there was an expected dip in the emissions as measured in air quality. The concentration of PM 10 and PM 2.5 had both dipped after day 1 as compared to the concentration last year on the same day.

Even on day 1, a dip of about 10% in concentration of pollutants as noticed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

An important observation after day 2 has been that areas in Delhi-NCR that border Uttar Pradesh showed higher pollution statistics than areas in and around central Delhi.

In areas like Dyal Singh College and colonies like Kasturba Nagar, a particulate matter value of 149 micrograms per cubic meter was seen.However, in colonies like Patparganj in East Delhi, the levels crossed 500 micrograms per cubic meter.

After day 2, at an average, PM 2.5 kept around 250 micrograms per cubic meter whereas PM 10 was in the range of 149-503.

However, the biggest positive has been the enthusiasm and involvement that the Delhi junta has shown during this experiment. Only about 200 offenders were fined on day 1. A similar trend was seen on day 2.

Active participation of the public is a must for the experiment to reveal accurate results. And the attitude of the Delhi junta seems to be positive.

If you are looking for someone to commute with during the odd-even scheme, then please visit delhi.carpm.in.

 

 

 

2015: How was it for cars?

As 2015 draws to a close, there were certain changes in the automotive industry that caught our attention. Here’s a review of the major happenings throughout the year. And oh, there’s a special treat at the end as well!

  1. Compact SUVs : If 2014 was the year of the sedans, 2015 was definitely the year of the SUVs, with awesome cars like the Hyundai Creta and Honda CRV becoming more common on the roads. Nearly 25 new models were introduced as well such as the S-Cross Premia Special Edition. Who knows, maybe 2016 will bring even better crossovers?
  2. In-Car Technology : Automakers are now remaking cars with easier and safer in-car technology seeing as how this is becoming an increasingly large selling point. In-car entertainment centers, GPS navigation are all becoming more user-friendly. Mobile apps for cars are also on the rise.
  3. The New Motor Vehicle Act : The government’s plans of enforcing new technologies like intelligent speed adaptation, driver alert control and eye drowsiness detectors is an initiative to reduce nearly 2,00,000 road accident deaths in the next fiver years. It will also create about 10,00,000 jobs in the transport sector.

 

And for all you car enthusiasts, here’s a look at the expected models for 2016, our way of wishing you all a Happy New Year. Enjoy!

  1. Audi Q7: December 2015-January 2016
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  2. Skoda Superb: Mid 2016
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  3. Audi New A4: October 2016
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  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: November 2015-January 2016
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  5. Honda BR-V: Mid 2016
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This is how you beat the odd-even scheme

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Wondering how you’ll manage in the January cold without your car every alternate day? Below are a few tips to help you game the system:

  1. Work from home every alternate day– This rule gives you the perfect opportunity to do what you always wanted, laze around. If your boss says anything, ask him/her to pay for your cab ride.
  2. Stay in office– You won’t get a better chance than this to suck up to your boss while some folks follow Tip #1. Stay at office and spend some quality time with your boss.
  3. The name’s Bond, James Bond– Yup. Take a leaf out of Mr. Bond’s book and do this:
  4. Hide in the trunk of a lady’s car and save your hard-earned money. Totally non-creepy and won’t get you into trouble either*.*We take no guarantees as to what physical/mental/any other damage might follow.
  5. Keep calm & trust Nehru Place– The same place where your childhood computer was fixed every time. The wonderful folks there have started selling fake number plates to help car owners overcome the odd-even problem. If that’s not “seizing an opportunity”, we don’t know what is.
  6. Guys,buy a wig (maybe a couple of oranges?) and drive away. Hey, if Gutthi can do it, you can too.

If none of the above work or if you aren’t up for a dare, then visit delhi.carpm.in and find yourself a commute partner for your daily travels.

Disclaimer: This is intended solely for entertainment purposes. Readers are advised to use their own discretion while commuting.

 

 

Are you losing your money when you fuel your car

Can you say for sure that your petrol pump is NOT ripping you off? Petrol pump scams in India can end up costing you as high as Rs 200 per fueling. That could range from Rs 2400 per year to Rs 5000 per year depending on how frequently you need to refuel.

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Luckily, with digitization, almost everything can be tracked. But, it still needs car owners to be vigilant while fuelling. Here are a few common frauds that you might be falling for:

  1. Always make sure to check the zero before fuelling: Although most station employees tell you this themselves, it is still your responsibility to check that the previous transaction has been completed and the machine reset.Sometimes, the attendant will place himself in a way that you cannot see the meter. ALWAYS get out of the car when you visit a fuelling station and check the meter.
  2. Filling the tank in two turns: Say you need to fill Rs1000 worth of fuel. The attendant points to show you that the meter has been set to zero. After you acknowledge this, he fills the tank with fuel worth Rs250. When you point this out, he apologizes and sets the meter to Rs750 and fills the rest.However, he DOES NOT reset the meter after the first fuelling cycle meaning that you only got fuel worth Rs750 while you paid Rs1000.
  3. Manual overriding at automated pumps: Automated pumps are NOT tamper proof. Here’s how attendants scam you with a few litres of fuel. After having shown you the reset meter, the attendant starts pumping fuel into the car. This is done by setting the nozzle trigger lock which automatically pops off when fuel flow stops (with an audible click).However, there is a time lag between the meter stopping and the lock popping off. This is because the meter stops as soon as the machine stops pumping the fuel but the lock only goes off when the residual fuel in the pipe has left. The attendant usually manually overrides this lock as soon as the meter stops. The longer the pipe, the more fuel you were cheated of.

Some of these scams are untraceable and that makes it very difficult to inquire about and for you to be compensated for your loss. Here are some simple practices to keep yourself safe of these scams:

  1. ALWAYS get out of the car to visually check that the meter has been reset to zero.
  2. If the attendant fills the fuel in two turns, demand that he reset the machine after the first cycle. End the transaction if the machine stops for ANY reason (power out, etc).
  3. DO NOT be distracted by any other attendants trying to talk to you for anything. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on the meter
  4. The attendant is NOT supposed to be holding the nozzle after the machine starts pumping fuel.
  5. ALWAYS demand a printed bill copy. It can be used in the future to trace your inquiry.

Car Insurance – Here’s how to buy!

 

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Car, your commuting wonder, is one of the possessions that make your life simpler. Hence, it deserves the best insurance so that when you drive, you drive carefree. Buying online insurance for your car may seem like an easy option but in the e-world you might feel stranded after seeing so many lucrative offers. Consider the following factors before purchase your insurance online:

  1. Compare car insurance online: Shopping around for auto insurance can pay you back- literally.
  2. Car insurance quote: Do check the details of the insurance quotes offered by various providers. The final car insurance quote must have the option of voluntary excess, personal accidental coverage, legal liability coverage, breakdown coverage and coverage for personal belongings /audio equipments.
  3. NCB benefit in car insurance renewal: No Claim Bonus (NCB) is a discount that is offered if you do not make any claim in the existing policy year helping you to avail discount on your next premium.
  4. Don’t Reduce – Raise: Choose add-on covers to ensure that a customized need based solution for your vehicle is put together, like personal accident cover for co-passengers.
  5. Get things handy: In case of an existing vehicle, keep your RC and previous policy papers handy to fill details, apart from your debit/credit card for online payment. In case of a new car, after booking the vehicle, obtain details like engine number and chassis number, etc. for purchasing an online policy.
  6. Provide the valid information: When buying online car insurance policies provide the valid information to avoid hassles at the time of claim.

Shop smart and do your research.

4 tips to keep you healthy & your car clean!

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Airborne contaminants, microbes and other sickly elements abound in both new and pre-owned vehicles. Our germs are traveling with us and everybody that travels in that car carries their germs and leaves them in your car. See these sickly elements found in your car –

  1. Bacteria – Study on microbes and cars, showed that the dashboard is the most germ ridden area of an automobile. Bacteria were also found predominantly around the coffee holder and change slot. Tip: Give the whole interior a good vacuum clean.
  2. Allergens – Allergens, including dust mites, mold reside in the dashboard and floors of many vehicles. Tip: Regular interior vacuuming and sanitizing.
  3. CO – In the summer–on congested roadways, cars can become a repository for carbon monoxide. Tip: During heavy traffic, adjust the air conditioner’s settings to recirculate indoor air.
  4. Chemical Toxins – Benzene is a cancer causing toxin or carcinogenic. Preliminary research indicates that vehicle upholstery, car dashboards, and air fresheners emit the chemical. Tip: Open the window for 10-minutes before turning on the AC to release the toxin.

Some ways to keep your car clean –

  1. Use disinfectant wipes to clean the interior of your car on a daily basis.
  2. Avoid eating in your car.
  3. Shampoo your carpets and seats on a regular basis.
  4. And last but not least, remember that your car has to be treated like an extension of your home and no one likes a dirty house!

With very little effort, your car’s interior will sparkle and protect you from bugs, coughs and sneezes.

6 things to do for your car before winter sets in!

However difficult it might be to believe, it’s already November! Winter’s Coming! If you haven’t done it already, there is still time to make sure your vehicle is well-equipped for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this year. Here are a few winter specific maintenance tips –

  1. Take your car in for a tune-up – A tune-up will help keep your car running longer and may save you money by detecting potential problems early.
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  2. Check your battery – This is important because your car’s battery can be severely weakened by the cold. Aside from the battery itself, check the charging system, cables, terminals, fluid and belts.
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  3. Check your engine oil – You should also get your car’s oil changed! Because of the cold temperatures, thinner oil is better for your engine. Make sure you check that the transmission, brake and coolants are filled to proper levels.
  4. Inspect your tires – Your tires are the last defense mechanism between you and the oak tree. Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tires, so take the time to check the tread depth. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure.
  5. Protect your windshield – Inspect your wipers to make sure they are able to completely clear your line of sight. Make sure your washer fluid is full, and keep extra fluid in hand for long trips.
  6. Keep an emergency kit in your car – Basic medication, toolkit, torch with extra batteries, jumper cables come handy incase of emergencies.

Although winter seems to be approaching fast, don’t let it catch you off guard! Install the CaRPM app to see how your car performs during this winter.

Drive Green – There’s too much pollution already!

With Delhi witnessing its most polluted day today, we thought it would a good idea to talk about eco-friendlier driving, a few small changes in our driving habits that can help us keep our city air a little bit cleaner.

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Whether you see it as helping the environment, or just a good way to save fuel and money, here are some simple-to-follow tips on how to drive greener:

You can start right before you get in the car

  • Ensure that your car is serviced regularly so that it operates at its optimum efficiency level. Don’t forget to change the air filter and fuel filters at regular intervals.
  • Ensure that your tires are always properly inflated, as it reduces drag along the road.
  • For better fuel economy, remove all unnecessary weight from the trunk of your car, including your roof rack when not needed.
  • Plan your route before traveling to take the most direct route to your destination.

While driving

  • Practice safe driving and try to avoid sudden stops & accelerations.
  • While waiting for someone or while stuck in traffic, turn the engine off! Longer idling also leads to higher CO2 emission.

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You do not necessarily have to own a hybrid to be a “green driver”. These simple tips can help reduce any driver’s carbon footprint.

To see just how good you are as a driver, download the CaRPM app and compare your driving skills against those of your friends. Track your car’s fuel economy, decode your Check Engine Light & do much more through CaRPM.

Share this with your fellow drivers and make your driving experience richer and greener!

What is OBDII and what it means for your car?

What is OBD?

On-board diagnostics (OBD) refers to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. All the data from a car is stored in the car’s Engine Control Module (ECM) and can be read through its OBD port. The OBD port is located near the driver’s seat & there’s no need to open your car’s bonnet. Inexpensive Bluetooth scanners, available on any e-commerce websites, can be used to read this data. If you want to know the location of the port in your car, just comment below and we’ll show you where your port is.

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Why is this data useful?

We all want better fuel economies for our cars, right? Using these scanners, we can get an accurate picture of our car’s fuel economy, how much is it, what are the things reducing it etc etc. Not only this, if you car’s check engine light comes on, you will know exactly what the problem is and can ensure proper service from the mechanic.

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How can I use this?

All you need to do is get a scanner and download the CaRPM app. It shows you how your car is doing in real time, if it has has faults that could lead to breakdowns and how its health is varying per trip. You can buy a scanner either from eBay, Amazon or just comment here and we’ll ship one to you. Download the CaRPM app here.

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Share this with your fellow drivers and make your driving experience a richer one.