By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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Videographer / Director: Basit Umer
Producer: Nick Johnson, Rebecca Lewis
Editor: Kyle Waters
Harpreet Devi started reversing the car at speeds of up to 50mph after his vehicle broke in reverse and he couldn't afford to repair it.
Even when he got the money together, he was so used to driving backwards he had it fitted with three more reverse gears.
He said: “One day I had trouble when my car wasn’t working properly. It had got stuck in the backwards gear.
“I got out from the city and there was no money in my pockets so I tried driving the car backwards and got all the way home.”
Harpreet, from Bhatinda, India, has now been given special permission by the state government to drive legally in reverse but says his health has suffered.
He has constant neck and back problems from looking into the rearview mirror and over his shoulder.
He insists the bizarre modification was borne out of necessity, not vanity.
At the time it broke he was unable to get the car immediately repaired and had to drive home constantly looking through the rearview mirror.
But after gaining confidence, he decided to keep the unusual car.
It now has four reverse gears and one forward gear.
Harpreet has even fitted an ambulance siren to alert other drivers and pedestrians - and added headlights to the rear of his car.
He says he now feels safer going backwards than he is going forwards.