(Photo Credit: SG Road Vigilante - SGRV Facebook Page)
In this long overdue episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature a bunch of dangerous drivers, including a few who drove on the wrong side of the road.
In this special feature, we'll be taking a look at drivers and other road users who were caught on camera for their inconsiderate and reckless actions. These road users exhibit poor etiquette, and we hope you never emulate their behaviour on the roads.
1) Toyota Prius Driver Cuts Across Multiple Lanes and a Road Chervon Dangerously
Let’s face it, we have all missed an exit before while driving. This is a common occurrence, especially for those drivers to like to hang out on the first lane. But, the safe thing to do is to drive on and look for another turning or a legal U-turn spot to get back on track. What we shouldn’t do is what this Prius driver did.
In this video, we can see a Toyota Prius driving on the first lane on a three-lane road splitting into four, with the third and fourth lane for turning. The camera car goes into the third lane ready to turn off. But just as the car was passing the road chevron, the Prius suddenly swerves from the first lane to the third lane, cutting the chevron and forcing the camera car driver to take evasive measures.
Thanks to the quick reactions of the camera car driver, no one was harmed from the reckless actions of the Prius driver.
2) SBS Bus Driver Turns Right from Other Side of the Road
We get it, you are in a hurry, but that is no excuse to endanger your safety and everyone else on the road, including pedestrians.
In this video, we can see a line of vehicles waiting to turn right at a junction while pedestrians were crossing the road. Behind the camera car is an SBS bus also waiting to turn right. But suddenly, the bus decides to go over to the other side of the road to turn right.
Clearly, what the bus driver did was illegal as he or she did not form up correctly to turn, alongside obstructing the flow of traffic coming from the opposite direction. Due to the size of the bus, the driver should turn in the outer lanes due to its wide turning circle.
What the bus driver did by turning in the inner lane was dangerous to the other turning vehicles on the left as one wrong move could have resulted in a collision.
3) BMW Driver Ends up on the Wrong Side of the Road
There are very few ways to end up driving on the wrong side of the road. Mostly, it is down to the driver’s incompetence for them to end up on the other side of the road.
In this video, we can see a BMW car on the wrong side of the road, thus causing a congestion on the road with other drivers trying to drive past it. It is unclear how or why the BMW driver ended up there as the video only started after the car was already on the wrong side of the road, holding traffic up.
4) Prius Driver Drives on the Wrong Side of the Road
Looks like the trend of driving on the wrong side of the road is here to stay.
In this video, the camera car is driving on a two-lane, two-way street with a flat divider down the middle. Suddenly, a white Toyota Prius appears, heading in the wrong way. The car ahead of the camera car keeps left and slows down, and the Prius driver swerves to their right to avoid the camera car on the right.
5) Seat Driver Blocks a One-Lane Road, and Loses His Cool with Driver Behind Him
While driving, we often forget that there are road users around us, and we need to be considerate and not block the way of others, even when we are, waiting for a parking lot for instance.
In this video, we can see a red Seat stationary on a small lane, presumably waiting for someone or a parking lot. According to the video’s caption (the video has no audio), the camera car driver honked a few times for the Seat driver to move and let the cars behind go. Apparently, there was also an empty parking lot just a few spaces ahead, perfect for the Seat to park in and let the cars behind through.
But instead of moving the car forward, the driver comes out of his car and proceeds to the camera car. According to the caption, the Seat driver proceeded to scold and be rude to the camera car driver.
The purpose of this compilation isn’t to shame or expose these road users, but to learn from their mistakes. In all honesty, the culture on Singapore’s roads 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 actions.
To improve our culture on the roads, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and learn to share our roads. Instead of treating fellow road users as competition, we need to remember that everyone else is just like us—all they want is to reach their destination safely and on time.
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