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In this episode of Inconsiderate Drivers of the Week, we feature reckless driving in rainy weather, a hit-and-run and a dangerous tunnel incident.
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. Taxi Swerves at the Last Minute, Knocks Down Biker
As we’re undergoing a monsoon season, there’s a lot of rain during the month. Heavy rains make roads slippery and hard to navigate in, making driving even more dangerous.
The video above shows a red taxi suddenly coming out of its lane, colliding with a biker. The biker then loses control of his motorcycle and falls off the bike, rolling over into the next lane. A white van, thankfully, swerves in the nick of time, barely missing the fallen biker.
An add-on to the dashcam footage shows the aftermath of the incident, showing an ambulance at the scene. We also see the fallen bike and the taxi. We’re wishing the biker a speedy recovery.
2. Driver Fails to Park and Commits a Hit-and-Run
Such a common sight these days – hit-and-run accidents committed at car parks. Just because the driver isn’t there to collect your information after an accident doesn’t mean you can run away. There are cameras everywhere these days!
In the video we see a white car trying (and failing) to park in the lot next to the camera car. After some unsuccessful attempts, the white car finally makes it into the lot, but bumps the camera car in the process. Scared, the white car then proceeds to run away.
If you accidentally hit another vehicle in a parking lot, don’t run away. Someone in the area will have dashcam footage of the incident, and this will not look good for you when they make claims against you. Instead, leave behind your contact so they can arrange settlements with you.
3. Blue Car Drives in Opposite Direction, Almost Hits Camera Car
There’s been many cases of drivers driving in the opposite direction, and there’s been video evidence of such occurrences. Unfortunately, we don’t know the reason why those drivers were driving in the wrong direction.
In this video, a blue car is seen driving in the
opposite direction, on the same lane as the camera car. With his quick
reflexes, the driver of the camera car swerves into the next lane, missing the
blue car. Luckily, there was no collision.
4. Toyota Tries to Exit From Tunnel, Narrowly Misses Biker Standing Nearby
There are many things to note before driving into tunnels,
such as entering in a certain lane, especially if you’re aiming for a certain
exit. Check out our
article on tunnel safety to make sure you stay safe in
The video above shows a Toyota entering the tunnel in the second lane, but realizes he has to exit. So, he turns on his signal and wants to switch lanes, but due to vehicles in that lane, he’s unable to switch in time.
Attempting to cut into the exit lane, the Toyota crashes into the barrier, approaching a biker who was standing there. The biker reacted quickly and moved out of the way just as the car hit the barrier.
Next time, it’s best to wait to for the next exit instead of ploughing through barriers.
5. Trans-Cab Taxi Sports Reckless Driving in Rainy Weather
As mentioned earlier, driving in rainy weather is dangerous. Driving in rainy weather at night is even more so. Reckless driving during these circumstances endanger other motorists even more than normal, but some drivers just don’t care about that.
The video above shows a Trans-Cab taxi wanting to switch lanes without checking, which resulted in the camera car having to hit the brakes, barely missing the taxi. This doesn’t deter the taxi, but instead seems to anger him.
A few seconds later, we see the same taxi speeding and squeezing in between two cars in front, sending a spray of water. This kind of driving is really dangerous. The taxi could’ve crashed or, worse, caused an accident.
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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