Experienced Maruti Alto driver drives car in reverse to cross a steep obstacle [Video]

The Maruti Suzuki Alto might be considered a basic car by some, but for many, it holds a special place in the history of India. Known for its affordability and fuel efficiency, the Alto has also gained praise for its off-road capabilities, as seen in numerous viral videos online. In a recent video that’s gone viral on Instagram, a base-variant Maruti Suzuki Alto Standard impressively navigates a muddy uphill trail in reverse gear.


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Initially attempting the ascent in forward motion, the driver fails to gain traction. However, after making a U-turn and engaging reverse gear, the Alto effortlessly crawls over the challenging trail. The science behind this feat lies in the Alto’s front-wheel-drive system, where both the engine and front occupants provide increased traction to the front wheels, which move anti-clockwise. Additionally, the single gear in reverse allows the Alto to achieve maximum torque while climbing uphill.

This isn’t the first time an Alto has showcased its off-road potential. In previous instances, the compact hatchback has conquered demanding terrains that even some more capable four-wheel-drive SUVs struggle with. Thanks to its light kerb weight and compact size, the Alto proves to be agile and capable of handling adverse terrains.

Experienced Maruti Alto driver drives car in reverse to cross a steep obstacle [Video]

Despite being one of the highest-selling cars in the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki recently discontinued the Alto due to non-compliance with BS6 phase-II emission norms, which came into effect on April 1st, 2023. The Alto was powered by a 796cc three-cylinder 47 PS petrol engine and came with a standard 5-speed manual transmission.

Himalayas are unpredictable

The Himalayas, a young and continually growing mountain range, witness significant development and height increase each year. However, during the monsoon season, the loose soil between the rocks on the mountains gets washed away, leading to landslides. Unfortunately, these landslides have caused several instances of trapped travelers and, in some cases, fatal accidents.

The mountains’ unpredictability, especially during the monsoon, demands utmost caution from travelers. In response to landslides, the government often closes routes to prioritize the safety of both locals and tourists.

For those unfamiliar with driving on mountain roads or lacking experience in such areas, it is advisable to avoid driving during the rainy season altogether. Additionally, selecting destinations unaffected by landslides in the past can be a wise approach to ensure an extra layer of safety.

During such challenging times, the army, NDRF, ITBP, BRO, and various other organizations actively assist locals and tourists. Their efforts ensure that help reaches everyone affected by these disasters. Hence, adhering to any restrictions on travel imposed by these authorities is crucial to maintaining safety for all.

Shantonil Nag

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