Speeding in Corbett National Park?

#1 May 21st, 2013, 18:04
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From 'Amazon' I purchased a Kindle book, it's about Corbett National Park and its Tigers. Several times the authors writes about his crazy driver's speeding, I'm quoting:

"With his jeep he drove rally-like."
"He turned his jeep and raced back from where we had came from."
"For me it was not possible to sit in the jeep, I had to stand, otherwise I would have broken my vertebra".
"I constantly had to hold myself in order not to fall from the vehicle and I often feared I might lose my camera."
"I gave him the nickname Driver from Hell."
"He pressed down the accelerator pedal completely."
"He jerked the Skukuzi violently around."
"With 60 km/h he went through the dry riverbed."

I wonder is this normal??? I'm working as a guide and driver in South Africa's national parks. Here, on gravel roads the speed limit is 40 km/h, on tarred road 50 km/s. There are many speed traps and if you are caught you have to pay a heavy fine. Not long ago a delivery truck went into a herd of Impala antelopes, killing 21 animals! He was fined 3.000 Euro and banned from Kruger National Park for life.

When visiting Corbett I gonna insist on doing the driving myself. It will only be me and the guide (naturalist). He just has to tell me "go left, straight, right". I would drive slowly and when I want to stop for watching or taking photos it's entirely up to me.

What are your experiences with drivers?
#2 May 21st, 2013, 21:46
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It makes a book sound better, especially if written by a mediocre author, to add an inflated sense of drama. By the way why drive slow? In Tejas the limit just went to 85 mph (still a little low). I doubt anyone will turn over a vehicle to a foren with no papers or insurance so there is drama there as well..
#3 May 29th, 2013, 01:11
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No one drives fast in India! The roads and traffic donot allow it! In Corbett core zones the jeeps drive very slowly, nothing is gained by racing around.Sometimes a driver will speed up when heknows a tiger has been seen but no more than 15 or 20 km/ hr!

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