There’s a reason why German cars are known as the best-built ones in the business. Whether you take an entry-level hatchback like the Volkswagen Polo or a high-end luxury car like a BMW 7-Series, all of them have build quality tough as nails. Time and again, German offerings have proven their tough build in cases of severe accidents, in which they suffer minimal damages compared to the other vehicle involved in a crash with it. Something like this happened in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, when a Mercedes-Benz GLC crashed into a tractor, breaking it into two halves.
The accident talked about here happened on the Chandragiri bypass road near Tirupati, in which a black-coloured Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV collided with a tractor coming from the opposite direction in its lane on the wrong side. Due to the collision, the GLC suffered damages to its front left portion, leaving its headlamp and bumper broken. However, what’s surprising is that due to the collision, the tractor split into two halves.
A video of the accident has surfaced on the internet in which we can see the tractor split broken into two halves from the middle. Miraculously, the tractor driver escaped with minor injuries, despite the severity of the accident. Also, the occupants inside the GLC are said to be safe without any major injuries.
Driving in the wrong direction
The nuisance of driving in opposite direction has become a common nuisance on Indian roads. The people who drive in opposite lanes in the wrong direction not only put their own lives at stake but also other motorists who are driving as per the rules. In many parts of the country, such kind of negligence is ignored even by the traffic police, giving the offenders a free hand to commit this foolish practice.
While German cars are known for their tank-like build quality, not every occupant escapes safely from such accidents. Recently, renowned businessman Cyrus Mistry lost his life while he was travelling in a Mercedes Benz GLC, which met with an accident in Maharashtra.
Driving on Indian highways
We commonly see stray animals, cattle and pedestrians crossing the road. There are even vehicles that come on the wrong side or take turns without using the indicators. It is very important to ride within the safe speed limit on Indian roads so that the speed can be controlled during emergency situations.
As there is no concept of the right-of-way in India, it is always a good idea to slow down to safer speeds on the roads when approaching a crossing. Also, when on the highways, it is always a good idea to slow down while crossing populated areas like cities and villages. Even though there are proper crossings made for pedestrians, most people do not use these crossings and try to save time by loitering on the highways. Also, such areas have a high chance of stray animals and cattle.
It is always a good idea to maintain a safe speed on the highways. Such incidents where the locals ride on the opposite lane are also very common. It mostly happens near the settlements or near cities and villages along the highways.
However, initial reports indicated that Mistry was not wearing a seat belt while he was seated in the back seat. Due to the severity of the accident, Mistry had an untimely death. As a result of this unfortunate accident, the ministry of road transport and highways is working on new reforms to mandate the use of seat belts by rear-seat passengers.