Have you missed that one last goodbye as a result of someone hogging the first lane? Don't you wish drivers here could just be a little more courteous?
That's what we are trying to change with The Motorist Code. If you've spent any amount of time driving overseas (say either in Malaysia or Japan), you'd have realized that their motorists operate their motor vehicles with a very different attitude to our own.
As a general rule of thumb, avoid using the overtaking lane on the expressway where possible, keeping it open only for its intended use. If you find yourself unfortunate enough to be held up whilst out and about, you may miss more than just that critical business lunch - it could also be the reason why you missed out on that last goodbye.
Which is why we'd like to spread the spirit of giving way with the Motorist Code of Conduct. It is a commitment to the following:
1) Even when I’m driving on the first lane at the speed limit, I will change lanes and give way when:
a) There is a big gap between myself and the vehicle ahead;
b) There is no gap between myself and the vehicle ahead but the vehicle behind me is signalling right to overtake me;
2) Remain calm and give way when high-beamed or horned at, if I did not pay attention and did not follow Point 1;
3) Show my appreciation with a one-second hazard light flicker when being given way to.
To signal to fellow road users that you adhere to this mantra, we've created The Motorist Code decal, which you are to affix on the external surface of your rear window for easy identification. Doing so means you are committed to the aforementioned code of conduct.
The entire $10 proceeds will be donated to Causes For Animals (Singapore) Limited.
Being respectful on the roads whilst helping others in need - shouldn't this be what humanity should embody?