Speed thrills but kills. How many times have you heard this ancient saying, either at the back of a lorry or on an electronic advertising board? Each year, hundreds of thousands are claimed by road accidents. It’s almost a norm, given the enormous urban decay we are experiencing here in India.
Things aren’t really good, truth be told. The automotive market in India is booming as always against a backdrop of an increase in the purchasing power of the middle classes and the lower middle classes. And what does this do? This eventually leads to an increase in the number of two-wheelers and also, four-wheelers on the Indian roads.
On top of that, given that we aren’t perhaps the most cautious drivers on the road doesn’t really make things better- does it? Ever wondered what might have been the number of accidents caused in India in recent times?
Here’s a statistic that may bother you, whether or not you are the safest man behind the wheels or not most erratic driver among all.
Where it comes to 2013, as many as 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents in India. That’s nearly a sixth of Israel or Finland’s current population. Imagine what might happen to sparsely populated countries had the accident toll been so enormous?
It’s actually unbelievable and inexplicable, isn’t it?
All of this leads us to ponder about what is it that can be done in a bid to make the country’s roads safer. Well, actually, it’s not rocket science. The same way a country is made of its population, the roads are made of people who inhabit them, whether in vehicles or on foot.
Roads do not kill, it’s the irrational and erratic driving style that eventually leads to the demise of innocent lives. In that regard, a lot depends on technology at the end of the day whether one talks about a two-wheeler or a four-wheel drive. Also essentially that one cannot possibly control the absurdly sudden movements or reflexes of the others on the road, what one can definitely control are his or her own movements. A lot of it rests on the quality of the machine one functions with. Isn’t it?
All this told, we stare at an obvious question.
Is there something like a safe car in India? In fact, would it be a difficult one to ask if there’s something like the safest car in India? In case you were wondering what brand might that be, here’s some clue.
It’s got to do with one of the most eminent, globally-admired and tremendously successful business empires. Let’s just break the cliched crisscross, shall we?
The biggest news at this point in time is that the safest car in India is Tata’s Nexon. You read that right.
Among the highest selling cars in India, Tata’s Nexon has recently been adjudged the safest car brand in the country. While internationally acclaimed brands, ones that are doing robust business- such as Volvo- are revered for exemplifying safety, one reckons, it was about time that the country got its own version of a safe car, something bankable, something to rely on.
In that regard, what primarily espouses the cause for Tata Nexon being the safest car brand in India is a pretty robust certification that has tested the car in what could be called a 360-degree certification (in layman terms) for safety.
Only after having cleared a vital safety test- 5-star Global NCPA Crash Test Rating- did Tata Nexon get the credit that it so highly deserves. Automotive sites that talk in great detail about cars and tech shared something interesting in regards with this pleasant, rather ‘much-needed’ development:
The subcompact Tata Nexon SUV has aimed for the stars quite literally! The Nexon has the maximum possible stars with a record-creating 5-star crash safety rating from Global NCAP. The Tata Nexon is the first made in India car from any manufacturer to achieve this.
To elucidate this a bit further, on a scale of 17, Tata Nexon has scored 16.6 points. This, therefore, is no ordinary achievement. It’s actually the highest achievable standard of safety for an Indian car. Now you know why there’s so much buzz out there- isn’t it?