5 Valuable Lessons Motorists Can Learn from COVID-19

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020

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For most, 2020 did not start on the best note. It was supposed to be a fresh start to a new decade. However, the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, putting a damper to everyone’s plans for the year.

As humanity tries to comprehend this COVID-19 situation, we should take a step back and learn from the lessons we were dealt so far.

In this article, we take a look at 5 valuable lessons from the COVID-19 crisis and the ways we can apply these lessons on the road.

1) Protecting the Vulnerable

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We often forget that our actions might have adverse consequences on others. Just like how stockpiling affects the more vulnerable groups of people like the young, elderly, and disabled. Similarly, how you behave on the road also can have consequences to these groups of people.

For instance, excessive speeding can not only endanger yourself but to others as well. Very often, these vulnerable groups of people require more time to cross the road. By travelling at ridiculous speeds, you decrease your reaction time and increase the vulnerability of these people.

Similarly, drink driving in the wee hours of the morning after a night’s out, puts everyone at risk as well.

2) The Importance of Social Distancing

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Prevention is always better than cure. As experts all around the world are still rushing to develop a vaccine, the next best bet would be containing the virus. In order to achieve that, social distancing is the best practice.

Just like social distancing, the space between vehicles is important as well. Tailgating is both dangerous and reckless. It gives drivers very little time and space to react to the vehicles in front. If you happen to see a pileup accident on the expressway, more often than not, it is the result of tailgating.

So remember, do everyone a favor and avoid tailgating. For slower drivers, perhaps consider avoiding the right lane as well.

3) Effective Communication is Vital

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Fake news has been a problem in Singapore lately, especially during moments of crisis. It can range from fake messages on WhatsApp to manipulative news aimed to destabilize the status quo or spread fear.

Did you know under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), individuals found guilty will be liable to a fine up to $50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years?

Either way, fake news causes unnecessary panic. With the ongoing crisis, effective communication is vital.

In the context of driving, effective communication can be displayed by utilizing the proper indicators when changing lanes. These indicators on cars are designed for a reason. It is an universal communicator aimed at creating a common language during road usage.

Not everyone can understand your intentions on the road. Therefore, communicate effectively and use the PROPER INDICATORS when filtering lanes!

4) Always be Prepared for Emergencies

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Being prepared does not mean hoarding essential supplies. It refers to knowing the measures to take when you’re feeling unwell.

This includes avoiding social gatherings, visiting the Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC), wearing masks or practicing self-isolation.

Similarly, as a motorist, you should always be ready for road emergencies. Previously, we looked at 10 items to have in your car incase of an emergency.

In light of this COVID-19 season, do include other useful items such as hand sanitizers, masks or even alcohol wipes.

5) The Importance of Community Spirit

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Having the communal spirit is one important element that can help us Singaporeans tide through these uncertain times. Being more empathetic and helping one another out can really go a long way. It can inspire everyone around to do better and foster a more positive energy in everyone’s headspace.

Similarly, road users can display this spirit to bring about a better climate on the road. Being gracious, courteous and most importantly understanding are just some examples of how road users can improve everyone’s road experience. These gestures can influence others, and improve road etiquette in Singapore.

Let us know if you have any other lessons motorist can learn from COVID-19. As always, remember to practical good personal hygiene and stay safe.

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