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In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature a few motorcyclists lane splitting, crashing into each other and getting sideswiped.
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) Gain City Van Changes Lane Without Signalling, Motorcycle Crashes into It
Sometimes, accidents on the roads are not just the fault of one party, but rather two or more parties acting recklessly.
In this video captured by a rear camera, a Gain City Van can be seen changing lanes on an expressway without signalling. Farther behind, a motorcyclist can be seen lane splitting and weaving in and out between vehicles.
The motorcyclist can then be seen approaching the back of the van, but the next time we can see the motorcycle is when the video pulls out, revealing the fallen motorcycle behind the van, which has since stopped.
Presumably, the motorcyclist crashed into the back of the Gain City van because of the reckless actions of both parties.
2) Lorry Driver and Motorcyclist Changes Lane at the Same Time, Crashing to Each Other
Again, we showcase how the reckless actions of a driver and a motorcyclist can result in terrible consequences.
In this video, we can see slow-moving traffic on an expressway. The camera car, which is on the right lane, captures a motorcycle pasting on the left and weaving into a gap in the second lane. At the same time, a lorry begins changing lanes, going from the third lane to the second in that same gap.
As a result, the motorcyclist collides with the lorry. Luckily, the driver in front of the camera car reacts in time and brakes to avoid hitting the fallen motorcyclist.
3) A Group of Motorcyclists Ride Together Recklessly, Resulting in a Minor Collision Between Two of Them
Usually, when people think of accidents involving motorcycles, they automatically assume it was a collision between a motorcycle and a bigger vehicle, like a car.
In this video, there are three motorcyclists riding in front of the camera car. As one of them tries to cut in front of the camera car, another overtakes from the right. One of the motorcyclists makes a lot of hand gestures, making us assume that they are riding as the group, trying to communicate with each other.
But suddenly, one of the motorcyclists turns left, and the one in front begins to slow down. The motorcyclist who made the hand gestures did not seem to be paying attention to the road in front and crashes into the back of the motorcycle in front. Luckily, the motorcyclists manage to stay on their motorcycle and there was little damage.
4) Toyota Camry Driver Rides the Chevron and Hits a Merging Motorcyclist
The chevron markings and double white lines are on the road for a good reason, to force lane discipline to control the traffic flow, which is especially important at merging lanes.
In this video, we can see a Toyota Camry driver riding very closely to the left on a one lane road. Ahead is a merging lane, with chevrons and double white lines at the merging point for safety.
As the Camry approaches the merging point, it begins to ride on the chevron, and following that, the double white line. Because of that, the Camry hits a motorcyclist coming in from the merging lane due to the lack of space for the latter.
5) Malaysian Honda Driver Makes U-Turn from Second Lane
In Singapore, and in Malaysia, you are only allowed to make a U-turn from the extreme right lane. By doing it on any other lane, you place the motorists in the lanes to your right at risk of colliding with you.
In this video, we can see a Malaysian Honda car in the second lane, a straight-only lane, at a traffic junction. Suddenly, the driver signals right and proceeds to do a U-turn from the second lane. This is despite the fact that there was another car in the first lane whose driver was very considerate, giving way to the Honda, thus avoiding a collision.
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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