I would like know if one can take nano to Highways. I have never taken it for a long drive till now. But I am planning to go to nearby places like Mahabaleshwar, Ahemadnagar, Shirdi and Konkan. Since this is my first car and I am the only one who can driv 2 years ago
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Glad to know that you are enjoying your first car. It is indeed a proud feeling. Driving can be therapeutic and liberating if done responsibly and right.
Regarding the Nano on the highway - while we salute the level of engineering that has been packed into the small wonder and are absolute fans of the car, we frankly do not recommend it as a highway car. It is meant to be a city car where it's compact footprint is it's USP. Unlike the Mahindra E20, it's not that the Nano CANNOT be taken on the highway, we feel it should not be.
Nevertheless, it hasn't dissuaded majority of the Nano owners from doing that. Infact one gentleman has taken his little steed all the way upto Leh-Ladakh, another one has managed to go all across the country in his Nano. We often see many Nano's plying on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway too.
Here's our list of things that one should keep in mind, specifically when driving the Nano on the highway.
- Remember your limits. Don't risk it. Don't push it. Enjoy the drive. Calm, steady, stable speeds. No stunts. Nothing fancy
- Keep the tyre pressure (preferrably filled with Nitrogen) at 28 psi for the front wheels and 30 psi for the rear wheels. 32 psi for the stepney. If the car is going to be fully loaded then 29 & 31 respectively. The Nano is quite lightweight. Marginally over-inflated tyres make the car feel bouncy on the road.
- Check your tyres for cracks, wear marks and make sure they have enough life in them.
- Before any long trip always check the vital parameters. Preferrably a service before you embark on the journey. No harm in carrying with you a spare quantity of engine oil, brake oil, power steering oil, coolant, distilled water and wiper washer fluid along with newspapers, tissues, tool-kit, towing rope (steel) and ofcourse check your jack. A puncture repair kit, SOS kit, tyre inflater, tyre pressure gauge, emergency car tool kit (with flashing lights, torch, seat belt cutter and window glass breaker - the nano does not have detacbale headrests) can also be kept with you.
- All the car papers should be in order, keep all the insurance and other helpline numbers handy. We recommend paying upfront for the Tata 24x7 towing service. It's annual subscription costs way less than what you may have to pay if ever towed away.
- The Nano gives great average when driven around 70 kmph. We would recommend not pushing beyond 90. EVER.
- On a long highways the crosswinds increase and the car, if not fully loaded, can seem a little light and may feel odd at higher speeds. The key is - no sudden lane changes, no sudden braking.
- Keep a distance of 5 seconds between your Nano and the car ahead. How do you count that? See when the car ahead of you passes a particular sign post and then count the time it takes for you to pass that same sign post. It should take 5 seconds. This allows enough time for panic braking or manouevering in case of emergency.You can count as 1 Mississipi 2 Mississip ... so on.
- Every few minutes use the re-circulation slider and let fresh air inside the cabin. Keeps you alert and the oxygen levels healthy in the car.
- Make sure you have a few spare headlamp bulbs and fuses.
- Stick to the middle lane on a 3 lane highway. Don't hog the first lane (right-most lane) since you won't match the speeds of most other cars who wish to go at triple digit speeds
- Make good use of the Juke app by Tata Motors for such a long drive. No need to carry songs on the pendrive anymore! Don't forget to pair YOUR phone via bluetooth so that you are on handsfree mode during calls. Eyes on the road. At all times.
- Car perfume, de-odorizer, shampoo sachets for washing the windscreen, newspapers, umbrellas, sun shades, mats and cloth for wiping, padding etc are indispensable
- In case of panic braking, don't forget to stomp the brake for 2 seconds then release for 1 second and then again stomp it till you achieve the desired result. This decreases the chances of a rear impact by a car driver behind you who wasn't paying attention or has poor reflexes.
- Download offline maps on Google Maps! Must needed in case of long drives to unknown areas.
- Apps like DriveMode are immensely useful on such trips. Do give it a try.
We wish you a safe and happy journey and many (s)miles ahead.
We hope you will have a great experience. Do post a travelogue if you can.