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In this holiday episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature the infamous road raging cyclist, an Audi getting caught in another car’s wheel well and a drunk driver.
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) Road Rage Between a Cyclist and a Lorry Driver
The war between motorists and cyclists on our roads seem to be never-ending. Now, it has been amplified during this holiday season over a recorded altercation between a cyclist and a lorry driver. In the video, we see two cyclists, one of which was cycling in the middle of the left lane, effectively hogging it and blocking the lorry and subsequent traffic behind.
The lorry tried to overtake the cyclist before a traffic light, but to no avail. After the light turned green, the cyclist continued to cycle in the centre of the lane. The lorry tried to overtake the cyclist again, and the latter was seen to have thrown a bottle at the former. The lorry suddenly swerved to the left, hitting the offending cyclist onto the grass patch on the pavement.
Reportedly, the road rage occurred because the lorry driver honked twice at the cyclist in question. Netizens were quick to express their outrage at both parties, but the majority of support has appeared to have been thrown behind the lorry driver, condemning the cyclist’s actions. The cyclist has reportedly sustained no major injuries.
The general consensus appears to be that rules on drivers and cyclists sharing the roads need to be better defined. Investigations are ongoing, and reportedly, both parties have been arrested by the police.
2) Audi Clips a Kia, Gets Caught in Its Wheel Well and Causing the Kia to Spin
The video above shows a Kia and Audi entering an expressway, with the Kia in front. The two cars travel on a disappearing merging lane, and the Audi filters out to the left lane first. When the Kia tries to do the same, the Audi clips the rear tyre on the Kia. The momentum forces the Audi’s wheel into the wheel well on the Kia, sending the front of the Audi upward.
When the Audi comes down, the force of that spins the Kia. Looking at the accident, both cars share blame in the accident. The Kia should have waited until it was safe to filter out, and the Audi should have slowed down or maybe gave way if it was safe to do so.
3) Drunk Mercedes Driver Crashes into a Van
During this holiday season, it’s indeed the time to loosen up and party with your friends and family. But we cannot emphasise enough, please do not drink and drive, don’t be a danger to yourself and others on the road when you had a few too many.
The rear camera video from a van shows a relatively quiet expressway when the sky was dark. Suddenly, the video shows a Mercedes approaching, changing lanes from the left at an extremely high speed.
The Mercedes driver then hits the rear of the van before both vehicles begin to swerve under hard braking and coming to a stop on the right lane. It was later reported that the Mercedes driver was arresting for drink-driving.
This serves as a reminder to all motorists to not drink and drive. You would have plenty of options if you had a few too many, from leaving your car and take a taxi or private-hire car home, to hiring a valet to drive you and your car home. Also remember, if you don’t drive to drink, you won’t drink and drive.
4) Mercedes Taxi T-Bones a Toyota Car Turning Right at a Traffic Junction
While turning right at a traffic junction while oncoming traffic is flowing freely, it is down to the drivers to exercise good judgement when attempting to turn. The turning drivers must give way to oncoming traffic and turn at their own discretion when it is safe to. For those passing the junctions, they should also approach at a steady speed and not drive too fast.
The video shows vehicles at a T-junction turning right while traffic continues to flow on the opposite side. As a Toyota car is in the middle of turning, a Mercedes taxi going at high speed appears and hits the left side of the Toyota with considerable force. The Toyota then spins, goes up the curb, nearly misses the traffic light pole and comes to a stop by lightly hitting the camera car.
It is unclear if anyone was seriously injured, but that Foodpanda delivery rider was incredibly lucky, and oddly calm when a major accident happened right next to him. The same can’t be said for the lady in the camera car, though.
5) Cyclist Gets Hit by a Honda Car at a Pedestrian Crossing While the Lights Were Green
We all have done it, or at the very least, seen someone dash across the road when the green man is blinking. Most of the time, we are on the other side before the lights turn green and the cars are allowed to go. This was not the case for this cyclist.
The video shows the camera car approaching a red traffic light. As the light went green, the vehicles started to move off. However, there is a cyclist that was still crossing the road. The Malaysian car on the second lane stops in time, but the Honda driver on the left lane couldn’t react in time, and neither could the cyclist.
The cyclist hits the side of the Honda before the driver could avoid him. Luckily, the impact was not great, and the cyclist appears to be okay. A quick check revealed that pedestrians need to cross eight lanes in total at this junction to get to either side. The cyclist should not have risked his life by crossing without enough time to get to the other side before the light turned green.
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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