Driving in Singapore is a really stressful activity we go through daily (for drivers, that is). If you’ve ever been behind the wheel of a car in New Zealand or Australia, you’ll know what I mean. Of course, we’re not comparing with hectic, zero-traffic-regulations, and over-congested cities such as Vietnam or India, but you get the gist.
Yet instead of chilling out and minding your own business, Singaporean drivers (read: most, not all) exhibit very bad habits on the roads, be it consciously or subconsciously. I don’t deny that I am guilty of some as well – we all are. But here’s a list of the top ten types of bad driving habits that drivers ought to curb, or else taught a very painful lesson. Since it will sound rather bitchy at times, I’ve split it up into 5-5 in case some of you are either (i) too guilty conscience that you can’t stand it, or (ii) just cannot read huge chunks of criticisms.
1) Road hogging
This is by far, my biggest peeve when I’m driving on the road. Now by road hogging, I don’t mean travelling at 60 km/h on the left lane. I mean travelling at 60 km/h on the right lane on expressways. Such drivers tend to cruise at their own pleasure and time, giving no hoots about the long queue behind them blaring their horns or flashing their headlamps.
A while ago, we had an imbecile who hogged up the right lane of the expressway and refused to give way to an ambulance with it’s blinkers and sirens on. Now, give me a good reason why these kind of drivers don’t deserve to be flogged.
Now with road hogging comes tailgating. When you get impatient (or too impatient) with a slow vehicle, you will tend to tailgate it in an attempt to “squeeze it out” of the lane. I keep stressing that tailgating needs incredibly fast reflex, just in case the car in front slams on the brakes. Then, it’s good luck to you.
There’s also the other category of drivers who will tailgate you for no reason, just to be faster than you. As long as they see you have a space in front of you, they will pull up behind you so near that you could literally jump across to the next vehicle if you’re standing on the boot.
What’s your problem? Rushing for a toilet?
3) Weaving in and out of traffic
These are the kind of drivers I detest the most. First of all, weaving in and out of traffic and lanes endangers not only your life, but other drivers’ as well. Honestly, nobody cares if you kill yourself because of this, but it’s not fair to take others with you or cause them suffering.
You realise some high performance cars such as WRXs, EVOs and oh, how can I forget those modified Civics, love to do these. Grow a pair and drive like a real safe man.
I learnt this term from Yahoo News when I was browsing through some articles earlier. Rubbernecking basically means slowing down when you pass by the scene of an accident, as if you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the number plate for your week’s 4D lots. And boy, are Singaporean drivers with their kiasu-ism really good at this.
Please, accidents are caused from reckless or careless driving most of the time. As if it’s not bad enough, please do your part, mind your own bloody business, and continue driving. If you need to look, take a quick glance and move off. The scene is not a theatre where Romeo will kiss Juliet or you will see Titanic sinking.
5) Driving with high beams
I always don’t understand why people love driving with high beams on. By high beams, I don’t mean the usual head lights, but rather, the high warning beams that you can leave on. Most of the time, it’s because drivers forget to turn it off. Some times, it’s because he/she can’t see the roads ahead, which I find ridiculous because Singapore roads are so freaking bright. So next time, just pay attention to your dash and if you see the high beam light on, make an effort to turn it off and save someone else’s eyes.
So here’s the first five. If I have offended anyone with what I’ve written, my apologies. But if you’re offended because you’re guilty of such behaviour or habits, perhaps you should look in the mirror and reflect.