We’re back with another episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week. In this week’s compilation, we feature a phone addict, a driver intimidating a motorcyclist with a pillion rider, and reckless overtakers.
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) BMW Cabriolet Driver Uses Phone with the Top Down
It’s pretty obvious why you shouldn’t use or be on your phone while driving. It can impair both vision and reaction time, regardless of how good a driver you think you are. But some drivers just can’t live without using their phone.
This BMW driver is certainly one brave soul. He was driving his convertible with the roof and windows down, placing himself in plain sight of other motorists on the road. Despite that, he blatantly used his phone while driving. Clearly, this driver does’t care about road safety or getting caught on camera by others.
2) Hyundai Driver Intimidates and Bullies a Motorcyclist with a Pillion Rider
It is a common sentiment among drivers that some motorcyclists are a danger on the road. While that is debatable, the fact is motorcyclists and their pillion riders have the least amount of protection in accidents as compared to cars and heavy vehicles. Thus, other motorists on the road should be understanding and give them a wide enough berth.
What drivers shouldn’t do, no matter what, is do what this Hyundai driver did. Among heavy traffic, roadworks and rain, the driver of the Hyundai was menacing the motorcyclist in the video. The driver was swerving slightly and making sudden movements in the motorcycle’s path, endangering the life of not only the motorcyclist, but also the pillion rider.
Luckily, the motorcyclist and the pillion rider came out unscathed from the reckless actions of this Hyundai driver. Even though there wasn’t a collision, drivers who use their car to intimidate and bully a biker could wind up with some jail time for driving so dangerously and endangering the lives of other motorists on the road.
3) Mercedes-Benz Driver Cuts Across Multiple Lanes and Recklessly Overtakes a Car
When changing lane, it’s important to be aware of the cars around you. It is also best to switch lanes one at a time, instead of cutting several lanes, especially when there is traffic around.
The Mercedes driver in the video did exactly just that, cutting through the two middle lanes right after entering the tunnel and passing the road divider. The Mercedes driver almost collided with the camera owner too. After which, the driver recklessly overtook the camera owner, causing the camera owner to jam brake and swerve slightly into the striped lines on the right.
4) BMW Driver Changes Lane Abruptly, Nearly Causing an Accident
Mirrors are on our cars for a reason. We are supposed to use them when turning and changing lanes to check for pedestrians and other motorists. This BMW driver clearly did not use their side mirrors while changing lane in heavy traffic. Luckily, the camera owner spotted the BMW pulling out and reacted quickly by swerving out of the way, avoiding an accident.
It is unclear from the video on whether the BMW driver was already driving on that lane or in the process of changing lanes. If it were the former, a quick check of the side mirror would have shown the cam owner approaching. For the latter, the BMW driver should have practiced proper safety by changing lanes one at a time. The driver should also be checking for approaching traffic.
5) Taxi Plays the Braking Game with Camera Owner and Hogs Two Lanes
The braking game reckless drivers like to play is not only petty, but is also very dangerous, especially when traffic is heavy. This “game” usually comes from a prior event or incident between them and the ‘offending’ vehicle. This incident, however, seems to be the exception.
In the video, the camera owner was on the extreme left lane of the expressway. Ahead was a clear road, but a taxi decided to cut just in front of the camera owner’s car and braked unnecessarily. The video also showed the minutes before the incident happened, and it doesn’t show any hint of an incident between the car and the taxi in question.
Upon turning off the expressway, the taxi, which was in front of the camera owner’s car, signaled and proceeded to drive in the middle of both lanes, blocking the camera owner. This us despite the road ahead being clear, making it unnecessary for the taxi driver to overtake the car.
Lastly, the taxi driver came alongside the camera owner’s car and honked just as the two cars were going their separate ways. From the video, it does look like a case of unprovoked aggression by the taxi driver on the camera owner.
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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