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In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature red light beaters, distracted drivers and a couple of hit-and-runs.
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. Isuzu Lorry Blatantly Runs Red Light
Traffic lights exist in Singapore for a reason, so that vehicles will stop and give way to other vehicles. They allow us to have a harmonious driving experience in Singapore. But why do so many drivers still feel the need to beat red lights?
As you can see in the above video, the lorry starts to speed up from a distance away, trying to beat the red light, which he does. Thank goodness the camera car stopped, if not it would have resulted in a terrible accident.
2. Grey Van Switches Lanes and Collides With Motorcyclist, Then Flees the Scene
The first of two hit-and-runs on this list. There’s so much to unpack in this video, but let’s get to it.
In the video, a grey van is driving on a lane which leads to a long queue of cars. Wanting to avoid this, the van switches lanes without checking, colliding with a motorcyclist driving down that lane. The motorcyclist didn’t react in time, therefore leading to him spinning out of control and falling off his bike. It also appears that a part of the bike could’ve broken off during the fall.
You can see that the driver of the van hesitates a while before eventually driving off, qualifying this as a hit-and-run accident.
Thank goodness that the motorcyclist doesn’t seem to be badly injured! Several people, including another motorcyclist, stopped to check up on the victim to make sure that he was okay. Shout out to them for looking out for their fellow motorist!
3. Taxi Switches Lanes Without Looking, Nearly Hits Camera Car
Why do so many drivers not check the roads before switching lanes? So many accidents have been caused by these kinds of reckless drivers!
In this video, there is a slight jam up ahead, causing a red TransCab taxi to get impatient and switch lanes. Thanks to his fast reflexes, the driver of the camera car hit the brakes, narrowly missing the taxi. The taxi then proceeds to drive off on his merry way like nothing happened.
4. Distracted Driver of a White Volkswagen
There’s nothing worse than a distracted driver. If you don’t feel well enough to be driving, or would like to watch a video while travelling, please take public transport! Paying two dollars for travel is so much safer than driving on the roads, as you’d be a danger to others and to yourself.
It’s unclear what the driver in the White Volkswagen was doing, but whatever it was, it blocked the camera bike behind him. The car wouldn’t move either until the camera bike honked, but then it stopped again at the junction, even though the roads were clear for the driver to turn. Well, at least the car’s turn signal was blinking.
5. Toyota Altis Turning Catches Ferrari by Surprise, Causing a Serious Hit-and-Run Accident
It’s really important to make sure that the coast is clear when you’re making a turn, as well as to watch out for vehicles that are turning. Both the drivers of the Toyota Altis and the Ferrari didn’t do this, and thereby caused this major accident at Bayfront Avenue.
In this video, you can see that the Toyota Altis is turning onto the main road when suddenly the red Ferrari drives into it. It’s possible that the Toyota drove onto the lane which the Ferrari was driving, making the Ferrari swerve and crash into the white car waiting to turn at the junction. On top of all this, the Toyota Altis decides to just drive off after the accident.
Pictures featured in the video shows that the front of the Ferrari was badly damaged, and so was the back of the white vehicle. According to The Straits Times, a woman was injured and taken to hospital following the accident. It’s unclear which car belonged to her, but we wish her a speedy recovery!
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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