Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week: Episode 59

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020

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In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature multiple rule breakers, an accident caused by tailgating and a rude encounter.

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 C-HR Didn’t Give Way, Crashed Into Silver Car

As drivers, we should always remain vigilant and look out for each other on the roads, and give way to other motorists when they need it. We shouldn’t think we’re better than them and rush forward, as such thinking can lead to accidents.

The video above shows a few vehicles turning into the Newton Circus Roundabout. The car in front of the cam car stops at the front, causing the cam car to stop as well. A few seconds later, a black Toyota C-HR appears out of nowhere, aiming to turn left.

As he turns, traffic from the side begins to flow, and the C-HR refuses to give way, resulting in a collision between it and a silver car. After a while, both cars drive off in the same direction. Hopefully, no one was injured.

2. White BMW Drives Against Traffic in Carpark

Driving against traffic is already a very dangerous offence, and it puts everyone in danger, especially yourself. Many carparks in Singapore are also pretty small, so it can be hard to manoeuvre.

The video above shows the cam car driving along looking for a place to park when it meets a white BMW driving in the opposite direction. Having taken notice of the cam car, the BMW then proceeds to park in the nearest lot, letting the cam car pass.

We don’t know the reason why the BMW was driving in the wrong direction, but we’re relieved no collisions had occurred. Who knows what would’ve happened if there were no empty lots?

3. Toyota Vellfire Driver Cuts Off Camera Car to Scold Him

Some drivers just like to find fault with other motorists, even when there’s no reason to, especially in the case of the above video.

This video shows the cam car driving along, obeying traffic rules. In the rear camera, the Vellfire is seen driving behind. They both slow down as they approach a red light.

Once the light turns green, the cam car switches lanes in order to make an upcoming left turn, but the Vellfire speeds up and overtakes the cam car, cutting him off. The driver then proceeds to exit the Vellfire and approach the cam car driver, pointing fingers and scolding. Unfortunately, there is no audio in this video, so we don’t know what the ruckus was about.

4. SMRT Taxi Loses Control After Getting Rear-Ended

According to the Basic Theory Test handbook, a safe following distance when driving is about one car length for every 16 km/h of your speed.

Example, if you’re travelling at 48 km/h, you should leave about three car lengths between you and the car in front. Anything less can be considered as tailgating.

Pay attention to the furthest lane in the above video. What looks like a black car is tailgating an SMRT taxi. The taxi slows down due to a car in front, but the black car doesn’t take notice and ends up rear-ending the taxi, causing it to lose control.

The taxi driver swerves the vehicle away from the car in front, crashing into the road shoulder before accelerating and bumping into a white car. We really hope the taxi driver is okay.

5. Audi Turns in from Outer Lane, Gets Hit by Toyota Lite Ace

Even if the outer lane has a turn arrow painted on it, drivers still have to look out for those turning or driving straight from the inner lane before making the turn. We shouldn’t take it for granted that just because we follow the arrows, we’ll be safe.

You may have seen this Jurong Bird Park incident circulating around social media, but only in pictures. Now, someone has shared their dashcam footage of the accident. In the video attached, everything takes place on the right-hand-side of the camera.

A white Audi is seen turning in when a silver Toyota Lite Ace collides with the back of the Audi, causing it to jump and land on the curb. The Toyota takes down a signage and we can see that the hood is smoking. Kudos to the passers-by that went up to help!

Pictures at the end of the video show the extent of the damage, with the Toyota receiving most of it. The front of it is completely wrecked; we hope the driver is alright. It was also mentioned in SGRV’s post that the Audi had an elderly and 4-year old child inside. We hope that they’re okay as well.

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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