Just think for a moment what comes to your mind when you listen to a phrase like “two-wheeler vs four-wheeler”? Maybe I’m talking about the advantages and disadvantages of both or maybe the ownership experience and so on, isn’t it? Imagination knows no boundary indeed.
I’m going to make a statement here which may NOT go well with some, but that’s what I really think based on what I see on the roads every day. While on the go (driving or riding myself or being driven), the madness I see among people driving or riding, makes me feel that have the four-wheeler drivers not been careful enough, more than half of the two-wheeler riders would have been dead by now.
Sounds bizarre, right? But I really mean it. Below are my takes to support my thoughts:
- Two-wheelers are comparatively unsafe than four, by design. I hope every logically thinking person would agree with this. If anyone has a logical enough reason to disagree, I would love to hear that in the comments below.
- Most two-wheeler riders appear to be more “overconfident” than confident. They would overtake you from your left and take a 45 degree right exactly in front of you, to go to the other side of the road, without thinking that the vehicle behind may hit accidentally. They are overconfident that they’ll do it and maybe they think that it’s the duty of the vehicle behind to brake and take care of the situation!
- I have a dash camera installed in my vehicle that records every activity in front of it. I sometimes review the videos and feel astonished at the confidence with which they(two-wheeler riders) do the wrong manoeuvres, and risk not only their lives but also that of the pillion and others around them.
- I do see some car drivers driving in a zig-zag motion and at high speeds. But at least they have a metallic cage around them for protection, what do the two-wheelers have?
My intention behind this post is not to make fun of or accuse anyone or any group of people for the mishaps. But just to remind people that we’re humans because we follow certain disciplines, without that we’re just another animal species. The governments have all the necessary laws in place, just we need to learn and follow them, for the safety of ourselves and our own people. I’m not saying four-wheeler drivers are very good, I see many of them committing the same mistakes as described above, but at least those vehicles have much better brakes than two-wheelers, the occupants in a four-wheeler are in better safety than two-wheeler riders.
Bottom line: As a two-wheeler rider myself, I would say, it’s my life, hence it’s my sole responsibility to keep it safe. I pledge to follow safety rules and not expect just the driver in the vehicle behind or in front of me to follow them. Hence at any moment, Four-Wheelers are safer than Two-Wheelers. Stay safe and enjoy your ride/drive folks…