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In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature more dangerous drivers, including one who swerved out of lane and another who hit the side of a van and drove off.
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) Honda Driver Swerves out of a Lane Abruptly in Heavy Traffic
In heavy traffic, some driver’s first reaction to an impending accident up ahead may be to swerve away from danger. While it may seem like a good idea at first, abruptly swerving into the next lane without warning to avoid an accident can cause you to have your own accident.
In this video, we can see a build-up of traffic on an expressway. As a queue formed on the first lane, a Honda driver suddenly decides to swerve to the second car, in front of the camera car. Luckily, the camera car reacted quickly and managed to avoid a collision for the Honda.
Unfortunately, according to the camera car driver, the car behind wasn’t as lucky. According to the video’s caption, the car behind the camera car struck the Honda.
2) Motorcyclist Falls After Trying to Squeeze Between Lanes, Following Motorcyclist Was Unable to Brake in Time
Most motorcyclists like to ride on the lane divider as a quick way to slip through heavy traffic. It’s effective but dangerous at the same time. One of the main reasons for this can be highlighted in the first video. Another reason being the danger highlighted in this video.
In this video, we can see motorcyclists riding and overtaking vehicles between lane one and two. Suddenly, one of the motorcyclists fell off his motorcycle while riding between a bus and car. The following motorcyclist brakes but he was unable to stop and avoid the fallen rider in time.
Just as the following motorcyclist was about to stop, he strikes the fallen rider. It is unclear if the fallen motorcyclist sustained any major injuries.
3) Motorcyclist Beats Red Light While Pedestrians Were Still Crossing
The title says it all. In this video, a motorcyclist is waiting at a traffic junction while pedestrians and vehicles were crossing and passing by in front.
Just as the last pedestrian in the ‘wave’ crosses the road by the motorcyclist, the motorcyclist deems it fit to beat the red light and passes the pedestrian crossing. Once in the centre of the junction, the motorcyclist waits for a gap in the flow of cars to turn left.
4) Honda Civic Driver Caught Using Phone While Driving on Expressway
In another straightforward video, a motorcyclist with a camera attached to their helmet was travelling on an expressway. Just as the motorcyclist passes a black Honda Civic on the right, the helmet camera captures the driver holding his phone.
In the still, the driver appears to be holding the phone in one hand and using it while steering the car with the other hand. Just in case it’s not clear, it is illegal to use your phone while driving. You can only hold your phone while your car is stationary.
By using our phones while driving, it would affect our vision, focus and reaction time while behind the wheel, and that could mean the difference between life and death.
5) Car Swerves and Hits Van, Knocking the Van out of the Lane Before Speeding Off
Road rage incidents appear to be on the rise here in Singapore, with more and more drivers deciding to hit-and-run after damaging another car instead of stopping.
In this video captured from a motorcycle (hence the poorer than usual quality), a car is travelling on the left lane, looking to take the exit on the left. From the right, a van is filtering left while signalling, presumably because the driver wants to take the same exit.
Instead of slowing down and giving way to the van, the car driver swerves to the left dangerously to avoid the van. That dangerous action was followed with another one, when the car driver swerves right to strike the side of the van.
After getting hit by the car, the van driver slows down to a crawl, but the car in question just made the turn off and sped away. The van driver waits by the turn off for a gap to slip in and make the turn off, presumably to chase down and catch the driver that crashed into him.
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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