(Photo Credit: Beh Chia Lor's Facebook Page)
In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature a driver speeding off after causing an accident, a taxi driver road bully and a reckless Malaysian bus driver.
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) Volvo Driver Swerves into Lane, Mercedes
Driver Avoids and Causes Accident, Volvo Driver Speeds Off
When an accident occurs, all affected parties are to stop and render help, including those who caused the accident but did not suffer any damage to accept responsibility.
In this video, we can see a Volvo driver entering the main road from a small lane on the left. But instead of sticking to the left lane, the Volvo inches out to the middle lane, forcing a Mercedes driver to swerve right to avoid the car.
But in doing so, the Mercedes driver clips a white car on the right, sending it on a two-wheel wheelie into the hedge on the road divider. The car comes back down on its four wheels and stops, along with the Mercedes. However, the Volvo driver, the instigator of the accident, decides to just drive off.
2) Car Driver Turns Right Without Checking, Causing Motorcyclist to Crash into Car
When turning right, motorists need to make sure that both sides of the road are clear before proceeding. If their view is obstructed for whatever reason, they must wait until they get a clear view of the road before turning.
In this video, the camera car turns right from a traffic junction into a small, one lane two-way road behind two motorcyclists. On the other side of the road is a queue of cars and a yellow box. As the motorcycles are approaching the turning spot, a grey Nissan suddenly appears and drives out into the lane.
One of the motorcyclists could not react in time and crashes into the car. The driver should have checked for traffic before pulling out, thus causing the accident.
3) Nissan Driver Did Not Stay in Lane at Turning, Forcing Camera Car to Brake to Avoid Accident
When driving, especially while turning, it is extremely important to stick within the lines dividing the lanes to avoid any unnecessary collisions.
In this video, a grey Nissan is ahead of the camera car is on the right lane, signalling right. As both cars approach the traffic junction, the camera car moves over to the extreme right-turning lane while the Nissan driver remains of the second lane.
As both cars prepare to turn right, the Nissan begins to veer slightly to the right, forcing the camera car to brake drastically and stop to avoid colliding into the Nissan.
4) Transcab Driver Makes Illegal Right Turn and Plays Braking Game with Camera Car
Many drivers on our roads view taxi and private-hire vehicles as the biggest menaces on the road. While it is a debatable point, the case against this is not helped by taxi drivers acting like road bullies and tainting the entire private-transport industry over a few black sheeps.
In this video, a Transcab driver makes an illegal right turn in front of the camera car, who had to brake hard to avoid colliding with the taxi. Following that, for some reason, the Transcab driver decides to bully the camera car by playing the “braking game” and cutting in front of the camera car dangerously, coming dangerously close to the motorcyclist on one occasion.
5) Malaysian Bus Driver Recklessly Speeds and Overtakes on Expressway, Chalks up over a Thousand Dollars’ Worth of Fines
Heavy vehicle drivers are required to maintain a limited speed and keep to the left while on the road, especially on the expressway, for their own safety and the safety of their goods, passengers and other motorists around.
In this video, we can see a speeding Malaysian bus on the expressway at night. As the bus driver approaches the back of the camera car on the second lane, the driver begins to pull out into the overtaking lane and cuts in front of the camera car dangerously.
Following that, the bus driver begins to swerve in and out of lanes, even cutting across chevrons and double white lines, and overtaking vehicles, this time on the left, with the high beam on.
On top of all, according to the video, this particular bus has 10 outstanding fines from the police, adding up to S$1730.
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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