Driving on Indian roads is a difficult task as it involves encounters with free-roaming cattle, jaywalkers and more. Here's a Tata Altroz, which collided with a calf and killed the poor animal
Indian is a country where agriculture was once considered as a primary occupation. It still holds a great value in the Indian economy. Along with farming, peasants also domesticate cattle and take them out for grazing and other exercises. For moving across the places, cattle use roads, which are quite risky for both- the animals as well as the vehicles. It increases the chance of road accidents. Something similar happened in Karnataka when a calf collided with a brand-new Tata Altroz. The poor animal lost his life in this mishap. Thankfully, the owner had a dashcam installed in his car, which saved him from the torture of the cattle owner. The incident took place when a calf playfully jumped in front of the Altroz.
The driver claims that he could’ve steered the car to the left-hand side, but the owner of the cattle was standing on the left-hand side of the road. Therefore, the driver had no space on the shoulder of the road to save the calf. Resultantly, it died from taking the hit. Following which, the owner of the cattle asked a compensation of Rs. 15,000 from the Altroz’s driver. While the cattle owner herself saw the complete incident, it was a bad deed from her side as the uncontrolled car could've hit her as well.
Nevertheless, the driver of the Tata Altroz could’ve definitely slowed the car after spotting the herd. However, as is evident from the video, he kept on driving at the same pace even after the animals came into his view. That said, it was actually a bad idea cattle owner to leave the cattle unattended on the other side of the road, while it was very careless of the driver to not slow down (or even come to a halt) on seeing animals on the road. What performed well here, however, is the Tata Altroz. The car absorbed the impact gracefully; however, it ended up with a damaged fender, bonnet, and headlamps. Furthermore, this incident highlights the importance of the dashcam in a driving scenario like this, since the cattle, kids, and jaywalkers are quite a common sight on the roads.
Talking of the Tata Altroz, it comes with a 5-star crash test rating from Global NCAP. The Altroz is equipped with dual-front airbags, seat belt warnings, high-speed alerts, seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, and rear parking sensors as standard fitment across the range. The top-end variants of the Altroz even comes with rear parking camera with dynamic guidelines, height-adjustable seat belts, anti-glare IRVM, and front and rear foglamps.