The Salt Range of Kalar Kahar has recently gained attention due to a tragic bus crash, highlighting the recurring accidents in this area. The Salt Range gradually descends from an altitude of 235m to 223m, spanning a distance of 13 km. To ensure a safer journey, it is recommended to drive in low gear. By doing so, your car’s engine can act as a brake, reducing the need for excessive braking by up to 50%.
In the unfortunate event of brake failure while driving, it is crucial to immediately rub the car against the crush barrier. By following this action, your safety is ensured. Additionally, four emergency climbs have been constructed in the Salt Range to provide alternative routes for safety. However, it is important to note that these safety measures are only effective when driving at low speeds in low gear.
It has been observed that older technology buses like Hino-Isuzu, etc., which heavily rely on a single brake mechanism, often encounter complete brake failure in the Salt Range. On the other hand, buses equipped with new technology, such as Daewoo, U Tang, Mann Haiger, have not reported any incidents of brake failure to date. These buses possess an additional brake, commonly known as a radiator, which effectively engages the engine and prevents brake failure.
When traveling in the Salt Range, it is advisable to choose buses with advanced braking systems. In case of any negligence or reckless driving by the bus driver, passengers should promptly contact 130 to report the issue and halt the journey until the motorway police arrives.
Similar caution should be exercised when driving personal vehicles such as cars and jeeps, as even though their accident rate is relatively low, vigilance and adherence to safety guidelines remain essential.