Bends that break…

Last Sunday, while driving around at around 11 am, I saw the remnants of an accident that had possibly taken place earlier, during the night.

It was a bus, lying by its side next to the site of the decent from the FTC overpass, landing on Shahrah e Faisal. The only logical reason for that accident seemed to be a steering problem at the bend.

Maybe the tyres on the bus were not good enough, or maybe the driver was distracted, but I’ve noticed an increasing tendency for such accidents. Permit me to blame the extreme bends on our roads at times.

The FTC underpass in particular, when landing on Shahrah e Faisal is quite a stiff turn which changes its direction immediately as the road becomes visible, so while you are initially hard – turning to your right, you need to pull a left to land.

This becomes even greater an issue when there is a decent traffic volume on the road. For many, keeping within the lane becomes difficult for many as the under/over steer tendencies change with the tyre quality, speed of the vehicle and even the lane that one is in.

Other sharp bends include:
1. Shahrah e Faisal turn towards Rashid Minhas Road : This one is one sharp turn that takes many first timers by surprise. Often seen here are scenes of broken axles. Keeping towards the inside lane may also land you into a car parked directly after the turn (which is most often broken down).

2. Downward bend from nursery overpass, landing on Shahrah e Faisal.

3. 7th Sunset Street (left from Khayaban e Jami). This road leads towards an incline, which is immediately followed by a sharp right declining bend. Speeds of over 40 can cause extreme under-steer and outward movement of the car as the G-force shifts dramatically.

These are all the locations I could think of so far. Please add to this list if you know any more dangerous bends.

Drive safe

16 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    G-Force & Karachi ???? Or Inspirex are you talking about Circuit De Catalunya?

  2. Extiinct (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    There seems to be a lot of road/taxi talk in here all of a sudden. =)

    You’re right about the dangerous bends. They’re extremely dangerous. A slight miscalculation and you’re in trouble.

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    Nursery band is extremely dangerous. I have seen number of accidents happening there, especially motocycles and buses tilt dangerously while descending the curve.

  4. SWA (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    The downward bend on Nursery overpass going to Shahrah-e-Faisal is particularly intense. It is sharp and the amount of turning required can easily leave you feeling dizzy. It is very very badly engineered.

  5. Jamash (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    You are absolutely correct, the sharp bends and narrow roads make it really hard to maneuver a your car at high speeds. The only thing to do is Drive slowly

  6. mr profanity (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    its not rocket science, simple solution. slow the fuck down when turning. karachi isnt the first city in the world to have sharp turns. people the world over slow down when turning sharp turns in order to stay in your lane and merge successfully with traffic. these turns are designed to slow you down and keep you in line. only the arrogant, ignorant and pig headed people of our society and this country /city would be at an disadvantage with this.
    Accidents only happen to people here who drive like assholes or to those who are victims of these morons.

  7. turab (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    ^^^^ read the last post again!! my sentiments exactly!

  8. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    What about the bend on the upward ramp of the Nursery/Shaheed-e-Millat flyover going towards Tariq Rd/SMCHS intersection, that is one sharp turn.

  9. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    i concur with Mr.Profanity

  10. Abu Musa Alyas (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    Nice blog masha’Allah.

  11. Zain (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    It looks like we are talkin about the Tamburello curve at Imola. BUT slow down and don’t try to be an Ayrton Senna.

  12. PURPLE HEART (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm seems to be heatin up…nice language Mr Profanity… Well people its true that the curves are sharp and again its true that they are nothing unique to Karachi. They exist all over the world, though in Karachi space constraints have made them more or less on the sharper side. All you have to do is to slow down…and evaluate the driving conditions at that time..I drive from DHA to the airport at 5 am six days a week and I’d like to add one more ‘set of bends’ to this list: its the entire road from Korangi Road / Hino chowk intersection upto PAF Chapter at Karachi Admin Society. Each bend is treacherous enough to throw you of track specially two in the middle. Driving way early in the morning makes it more dangerous coz there’s a hint of moisture on the road and combined with the accumulated dirt makes it worse. Then its a good time for bus / taxi drivers to take short cuts and drive on the wrong side of the its dark. Its very frequently that I’ve seen cars in total disarray at these curves in both directions. I always keep around 80 km/h on the entire section and the car stays in its place regardless of driving conditions..though in the daytime with the hot sun shining you can manage these around 100-110 km/h also..but I’d suggest not to try it, and for each bend in the entire universe, make sure you know your limitations. 1. Your control over the car, 2. The condition and gripping ability of your tires, 3. The road surface conditions, 4. The tendency of the traffic around you, 5. Above all is it necessary to go fast on these bends even if you are in a hurry meeting these curves at a fast speed or a moderate speed will only add or subtract a few seconds from your total time..and lets say the total number of curves on your route are at the most 5 so you lose or gain 30 seconds at the most. Not worth playing with your life or anyone else’s or even risking your precious car on it. Just plan your trip with enough time to drive at moderate speeds. As some wise person said ‘its better to be late in this world than early in the other ‘.
    Oh yeah one more thing..if at a bend you feel your car sliding..dont slam on the will do more harm than good…ease off the gas but not totally and use engine braking (if you know how to) to keep the grip on the road firm while slowing down…and of course…buckle up and drive safe.

  13. JAY (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    When there are no proper roads people curse the authorities. When roads are their they curse for increasing traffic problems. When this has been solved by making flyovers and underpasses we “create” a problem with some sharp bending turns ??? Get yourself a helicopter rather…..oh no, but then we have high voltage cables and few tall building in our way.
    Better walk!!

    Height of pessimism, nothing else.

  14. yo yo (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    Just drive slow Guys…. Overpasses are not Formula-1 race tracks as most of our mini bus drivers think.

  15. mansoor (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 12:01 am

    i agree with mr. profanity and yo yo. SLOW DOWN!!!! i’ve decended from these turns quite a lot of times, and keepin your speed at around 40 and steering wheel at a single angle, the descent can be made quite easily.

  16. turab (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    Purple Heart, no PURPLE HEART for you!

    just drive slow man………. just drive slow, its that simple!

    come to ma calgary and i ll show you the sharpest corners, on and off ramps you will ever see….. even though we have tons of space in this city!

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