We all know that the two most widely used modes of transport are – cars and motorbikes. The country has developed a very good public transport system including buses, which have become quite popular in many areas. However, a large section of the population here remains very traditional in their choice of modes of travel. It is interesting to note here that a very high percentage of these traditionalists still continue to use old-fashioned cars and motorbikes to take them around and visit places.
One can easily understand why this trend is continuing. Car use for long distance travel in cities is becoming a rare phenomenon. People prefer buses and other forms of public transport for travelling short distances. Old-style cars motorbikes are very heavy in size and are very difficult to operate. Moreover, they are relatively uncomfortable when it comes to use. This explains why many people who are driving old-style cars motorbikes keep on modifying them in order to fit in with the new needs of the modern Indian lifestyle.
A good number of old buses have been converted into cars motorbikes. One of the major reasons for this has been the rising popularity of such vehicles among the masses. These cars have become a part of daily life for millions of people throughout the country. One can easily see such cars motorbikes cruising the streets of Mumbai and other major cities of the nation. It is no wonder that these vehicles are enjoying a great deal of popularity in spite of their rather odd looks!
Another reason for the popularity of old-age cars motorbikes is that these vehicles have a tendency to run on old oil and thus emit less harmful emissions. Moreover, a great number of parts for maintenance and repairs can be easily procured for these vehicles, making them highly affordable. All this adds to the appeal of old vehicles for ordinary folks as well as big corporate organizations. The fuel costs for running old buses and old cars motorbikes are also much lower than the fuel costs involved in the use of new hybrid cars and electric cars.
As for the purpose of use, old trucks like the classic pickup trucks, medium-sized trucks, flatbed trucks, double cab trucks, and the special purpose vehicles like the school buses, are used for carrying goods from one place to another. On some occasions, used motorbikes can be seen driving along with such trucks. These trucks are also seen being used to take children to and from school. One great advantage of using these vehicles is that they carry goods that are too large for a normal human being to carry. Thus, they play an important role in terms of transporting goods by means of old or used trucks motorbikes.
Old trucks motorbikes are also used to ferry humans between their home and the workplace or from the hospital to a clinic. A bus would cost a lot of money if you need to take someone from the hospital to your home. With a motorbike, you don’t have to bother about the fee for hiring a personal vehicle for such a long distance. This saves you a lot of money. Furthermore, most of these vehicles are old and they have outlived their utility and service period.
However, these advantages come at a price. While cars motorbikes and trucks are cheaper to operate in terms of fuel costs, they have less power. These are two factors that reduce their speed and do not make them suitable for heavy tasks. Also, while cars motorbikes are cheaper to operate in terms of insurance, accidents caused on old vehicles are likely to be more catastrophic than accidents caused on modern cars and SUVs. The likelihood of accidents being fatal and serious makes the risk of using old vehicles and especially old pickups much higher than the risk of using new vehicles and SUVs.
But there is a way out. New vehicles don’t come cheap anymore. They are usually expensive and quite expensive when compared to old pickups. But now, there are new SUVs and new trucks which are cheaper to run and much safer and powerful. It’s the time to invest in such vehicles if you don’t want to spend too much of your hard earned money on maintenance and repair costs for your trucks and cars motorbikes and vans. SUVs are also much better for passenger safety.