When it comes to Tibet driving tour, almost every hobbyist driving tour people's heart of the holy land, take a trip to the 318 Sichuan-Tibet route has also become the heart of many self-driving tour enthusiasts thought. The so-called 318 Sichuan-Tibet route is, from Sichuan into Tibet a national highway, due to driving on the roof of the world, so there are dangers everywhere in the process of driving. People on the Sichuan-Tibet route can not only enjoy the beauty, but also from time to time see a lot of abandoned vehicles on the side of the road, and there is no shortage of dream luxury cars in the minds of many people. But there are so many abandoned luxury cars on the Sichuan-Tibet line, why no one drive home, the locals say the truth.
Introduction to the "Heavenly Road" Sichuan-Tibet Route
We know the "Sichuan-Tibet Route", a highway built from Sichuan to Tibet. This highway is mainly divided into two routes, one is the 318 National Highway Sichuan-Tibet South, a total length of 2146 kilometers, the average altitude on the way are about 4000 meters, across the familiar Jinsha River, Lancang River, through the Tanggula Mountains and other places. The other is the 317 national highway Sichuan-Tibet north route, also from Chengdu, through Dujiangyan, Bataan, Dege, Baqing, Changdu and other cities, and finally arrived in Lhasa. It is said that this highway is not only "beautiful" but also "scary". It is also vividly compared to the "Devil's Highway", which took four years and eight months to complete the road, which shows its degree of hardship. Nowadays, with the development of technology, the infrastructure of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway has been gradually improved, and it has developed into a "net red road" and a "tourist card place" for more and more people to enter Tibet.
What are the vehicle requirements for the Sichuan-Tibet route?
When it comes to the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, many people may think that its road condition is very complicated, the road is uneven and the danger of falling rocks is frequent, but in fact, this describes the condition of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway more than ten years ago. Now the road is paved with asphalt, and some places have built tunnels and viaducts, so the vehicle traffic has become very smooth, and its safety factor has been improved a lot compared with before. Many travelers describe that they can even see cyclists on the Sichuan-Tibet route.
So from a broad analysis, the Sichuan-Tibet route does not have strong requirements for vehicles, not only off-road vehicles are adapted to the Sichuan-Tibet route, small cars, tricycles, motorcycles and even bicycles abound on the Sichuan-Tibet route. However, for the sake of safety, it is best to prefer a model with a high chassis, strong power, large holding capacity and all-terrain universal tires. In this way, even if you encounter mud, sharp turns, steep slopes or landslides, you can get out of danger faster. It is best to choose a model that is not picky about oil, because 92 is the most used along the Sichuan-Tibet route, and 95 is less. Experienced people suggest that it is best to use AT tires (all-terrain general-purpose tires) on the Sichuan-Tibet route because AT tires have rough tread patterns, high friction, firmer grip and much stronger durability than HT tires (road tires).
Another point is that the Sichuan-Tibet highway is nearly 5,000 kilometers round trip, which is also a considerable test of driver skills, some people for the first time into Tibet, not familiar with the road conditions, driving for a long time, easy to fatigue caused by car accidents. If you are not prepared for long-term driving, it is easy to happen halfway without a place to refuel, broken tires or a snooze did not react directly out of the curve off the cliff and other accidents.
The owner and the vehicle were not acclimatized at high altitude and suffered from altitude sickness and had to choose to abandon the vehicle. Some owners may still think about coming back later for towing and repair, but on the one hand, the road is difficult and towing is not easy. And ordinary car, the estimated cost of towing plus the cost of repair is enough to buy a new car. So this is the reason why there are so many abandoned cars parked on the roadside on the Sichuan-Tibet route.
One might ask, if the owner can't have the car towed, why can't the locals have the car towed for repairs and continued use? After all, it is also a waste of resources to put there. However, for picking up the abandoned car on the Sichuan-Tibet line this thing, the locals answered: "You dare to pick up a try, you'll know."
In earlier years there were many abandoned vehicles in the area, local residents saw cars abandoned on the roadside for a long time and no one cared, so they spent manpower, material and financial resources to tow the car home and fix it. However, after the car is repaired, the original owner of the car is based on the GPS location of the car to come to the door to claim the car, not only to return the repaired car to its original owner, serious will also be punished by government departments. This "lost the wife and folded the army" thing naturally no one is willing to do, over time, the roadside abandoned vehicles and no one dares to tow home again to use.
So over time, the abandoned cars on the Sichuan-Tibet route no one dares to just drag away and pick back up. But do not dare to pick up the whole car, but does not prevent many people through the car to pick up parts, so all the cars abandoned on the roadside for years, basically were demolished to leave an empty shell. In this way, the empty shell car on the Sichuan-Tibet highway has gradually become another "landscape", but it did not beautify the environment, but caused inconvenience to traffic, pollution of the environment "culprit".
Here, I also want to remind the majority of travel enthusiasts, before traveling into Tibet, please be sure to do all the safety preparations, the local road conditions, climate, personal physical fitness, etc. should be evaluated, after all, let the car abandoned on the Sichuan-Tibet line is indeed a very unfortunate thing. Although the scenery is beautiful, but life is precious. If you don't have good driving skills, it's best not to drive yourself to visit the beautiful scenery along the way. In this regard, readers, what do you think about it?