Renting an auto rickshaw to drive yourself

#1 Aug 12th, 2018, 23:47
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Hi I was wondering if it is heard of for a foreigner to rent and drive an autorickshaw themselves? Any information will be helpful, thanks in advanced
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Lots have done so. A quick search here will provide more info. I'll note that there are a few drawbacks. If you haven't driven in India you are a sitting duck. Autos are slow, unmaneuverable, and to top it off underpowered. On the plus side the engines frequently need work. If you have done mechanics on motorcycles its a piece of cake. On a few occasions I have done so for the humble clueless drivers who failed to get me to where I needed because the engine appeared kaput. Their penalty was hearing me lecture on carburetors in Marathi. Paperwork is another area of which you need to explore. If you have driven in Italy you have a good idea of road rules. Some say none. Not true, big is better than small except for cyclists. There is ambiguity with similar sized trucks and buses which I did experience once. Cheers..
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Far safer to go with a foreign tourist oriented company such as rickshaw challenge. They will deal with paperwork and provide breakdown support as well..
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That was a bit short. Its so cool to drive in India if you don't have dependents. Now that I have lost both parents I appreciate their longstanding patience with me doing risk prone actions.

So let me add a few items:




https://www.rickshawchallenge.com/faq/

And especially:



https://www.rickshawchallenge.com/faq/#q2

I'll add this short blurb from the past:

Wear a jacket despite the heat as you will often see drivers do. When these things go turtle they really roll. Learn to fix/clean the engine especially the carburetor. If you haven't worked with small engines pay a mechanic to teach you. be careful of eager but ignorant helpful people. Your best efforts can be messed up in a flash.

Plan your itinerary as these puppies don't climb mountains. Tried that but no did go. I was so p.... and so stupid. Also, and not to be a downer, make sure you have evacuation insurance for your parents' sake..
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Renting an auto rickshaw to drive yourself

Better start with the tetanus inoculation!

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Fair point, I have turned turtle twice..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post That was a bit short. Its so cool to drive in India..
I know a few women who've done the Rickshaw Challenge and none the worse for wear.

The video looks like fun but I think I'd rather have more steel around me for a road trip than a rickshaw has. Looks like you're driving a tin can.*

*says the woman who did two cross country trips on the back of a Harley.
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That is a lot more maneuverable except of course when it gets hit. Consider learning to walk again a challenge sport like walking alongside your moving vehicle and singing into a cell phone..
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from the video it looks like the hardest thing would be trying to turn a rickshaw what with no power steering!
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post That is a lot more maneuverable except of course when it gets hit. Consider learning to walk again a challenge sport like walking alongside your moving vehicle and singing into a cell phone..
So I assume you have taken delivery of your “ Indian family approved “ 500 kg cotton wool stuffed Michelin Man protective TV watching suit.
Is there any truth to the rumours that you have installed seat belt and air bag in your toilet ?

To the OP - don’t get me wrong everything posted above is true India can be hell on the roads, it’s just that IndiaMike is not that pro motor sport, they know how crazy it can get out there and of course will endorse the safer option .
But if you have your heart set on it go for it.
There are only 3 road rules in India — 1 - everything in front of you is your problem— 2 - everything behind you is their problem— 3- don’t hit anything period.

Get some good mirrors and constantly use them , try and stay off main highways as much as possible, leave early - you should aim to be leaving the town or city by dawn or best predawn 4.30 to 5.00am.
Know your vehicle— get a workshop manual and a basic toolkit — carry good supply of spares for the parts that are prone to failure.
Seriously look into fitting roll bars and a solid lockable box for your valuables— then fit a good quality lock ( ie not Indian) — maybe also a good quality fuel container that doesn’t leak ( ie not Indian) — some good quality tie down straps ( like that heavy duty seatbelt material ) that could double up as a tow rope ( ie not Indian )and in an attempt to preserve your spinal cord replace all suspension springs with some wiz bang heavy duty progressively wound items ( ie not Indian )

Always travel at a speed slow enough to enable you to drive off the road and into the paddy field when avoiding the head on smashes with the vehicles larger than you.

Sri Lanka banned 2 stroke autos years ago their 4 stroke units are far superior — I don’t know if they are available in India but if you could get your hands on a TVS King 4 stroke with the luxury seat option you would only be half brain dead at the end of your trip.

Seriously man those 3 wheelers are total shit boxes
The wheels are too small, which means you tend to disappear into pot holes rather than roll over them
They handle like a dog on linoleum
The 2 stroke motor makes its best power ( figuratively speaking) in the worst part of the rev range for continuous touring , so unless your husband is a ex Grand Prix 2 stroke mechanic and can whip you up a set of one off induction reed valves reconfigure the transfer ports and hand craft an expansion chamber , all tuned for low rev continuous operations it might be more fun to snuggle up to edwardseco in his Michelin Man suit and watch a good movie.

If you want to do a crazy tour on the subcontinent head to Bombay buy yourself a padmini princess turn it into a convertible and go cruising— the locals will absolutely love you. Oh all padmini owners are eligible for free Congress membership — which could be good or bad depending on how you twirl your pasta.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post *says the woman who did two cross country trips on the back of a Harley.
As we get older sometimes get a bit more sense.
"says a guy who with a wife plus a ten month old baby who traveled from Britain to Italy to catch a boat back home on a motorbike with side car"
Now I would probably go ballistic if one of my kids decided to do something like that with one of our granchildren
Feel must add that gave up the solo motorbike for one with a side car only when wife was seven month's pregnant
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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post As we get older sometimes get a bit more sense.
Nah. I'd still go if I had a guy with a Harley. Or BMW bike. Too bad I didn't take the Ex up on his offer to leave me his when I gave him an hour to get out of my life.
I HAVE been on the back of a Enfield in India a few times tho.

And sidecars are cool.

A girlfriend of mine drove her Bullet from Rishikesh down to Kerala....solo. I was impressed!

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