(Photo Credit: Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road)
Several accidents and near-accidents were captured in this week’s episode of Inconsiderate Drivers. Remember to drive carefully, and exercise patience and vigilance on the road.
In this weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at drivers who were caught on camera for their inconsiderate and reckless driving. These drivers exhibit poor driving etiquette, and we hope you never emulate their behaviour on the roads.
1) Trans-Cab Driver Suddenly Swerves Out of Lane, Causes Multi-Vehicle Accident
By swerving out of his lane suddenly, this Trans-Cab driver caused a multi-vehicle accident on the PIE highway. As seen in the video, the cab driver turned left from the fast lane without signalling or checking for traffic. The sudden lane change caused another car to collide with the taxi, which was then rear-ended by a motorcyclist. The impact sent the motorcyclist over the taxi.
2) Another Trans-Cab Driver Caught: Cuts Across Road to Make Illegal Left Turn
(Video Credit: Kunga Sangye for Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road)
It’s been a bad week for Trans-Cab as another of its drivers was caught breaking traffic rules. In this clip, the driver is seen cutting across the road to make an illegal and dangerous left turn. He probably missed the earlier left turn lane, but that doesn’t give him the reason to drive recklessly. His thoughtless action caused moving traffic to come to a halt. Luckily, no accident was involved.
3) Off-Peak Car Caught on Camera for Dangerous Driving
(Video Credit: Cheong for ROADS.sg)
An off-peak car has been caught on camera for dangerous driving. According to the cam owner, the off-peak car came from behind and cut in front of them suddenly. This caused the cam owner to swerve left to avoid an accident. In hindsight, the cam owner should have braked instead of swerving into another lane.
4) Black Car Fails to Check Traffic, Makes Sudden Left Turn
(Video Credit: William Chew for ROADS.sg)
The owner of this black car failed to exercise road awareness (and common sense) by making an abrupt left turn from a straight-only lane. Clipping another car while making the turn, we wonder what made the driver make such a haphazard and reckless decision.
5) BMW Collides with Lorry During Right Turn, Causes Lorry to Flip Over
(Video Credit: SG Road Vigilante)
How did the BMW driver fail to see the lorry that was going straight? Maybe the BMW driver was distracted? Whatever the reason, the driver should have paid more attention to the road. Needless to say, this accident could have been easily avoided.
The purpose of this compilation isn’t to shame or expose these drivers, but to learn from their mistakes. In all honesty, the driving culture in Singapore leaves a lot to be desired. We lack basic road courtesy and we don’t mind causing inconveniences to other road users if it benefits us. We sometimes even put their lives at risks with our careless and nonchalant driving.
To improve our driving culture, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and learn to share our roads. Instead of treating fellow motorists as competition, we need to remember that every other road user is just like us—all they want is to reach their destination safely and on time.
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