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Driving habits in Singapore

Post by patsy_sg » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:54 am

Driving to work this morning I stopped behind of the yellow box so I didn't block the intersection since the cars in front didn't seem to have any chance of clearing before the lights changed. The car behind me starting blasting his horn and flashing his head lights to tell me to move forward. The lights changed so we're stuck behind a red light, hah! When the light turned green, the macho BMW driver decided to squeeze through the other lane, drove beside me and I could see him saying something to me but of course couldn't hear.

Living here for 13 years, it seems driving habits have deteriorated in the last few years. Cars changing lanes through double white lines/chevrons, not signalling when changing lanes or speeding up behind you if they see you signalling to do so.... vans travelling at 50 kph in the 2nd lane!!


or am I one fo the few who still follows the laws??

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 12:11 pm

That's one of the reason's I sold my car and now depend on public transport. If I had continued to drive here I'd be up on charges for Road Rage! I know when I've had enough. :cool:
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Saint » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 12:50 pm

patsy_sg wrote: or am I one fo the few who still follows the laws??
One of the very very few. When I get these idiot drivers pull besides me to have a go they get a right shock when they see a skinhead ang moh grinning at them clapping! They then tend to take up the look straight ahead and pretend I haven't noticed posed!

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Post by Brian_ » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 1:20 pm

Patsy_sg, you're not alone, that is what I feel too.. Worse is sometimes when accident happens these reckless drivers just get away with it. Maybe one day all cars should be installed with cctv or a blackbox :o

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Post by Saint » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 1:26 pm

Brian_ wrote:Patsy_sg, you're not alone, that is what I feel too.. Worse is sometimes when accident happens these reckless drivers just get away with it. Maybe one day all cars should be installed with cctv or a blackbox :o
Already installed :cool:

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Post by patsy_sg » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 2:34 pm

Brian_ wrote:Patsy_sg, you're not alone, that is what I feel too.. Worse is sometimes when accident happens these reckless drivers just get away with it. Maybe one day all cars should be installed with cctv or a blackbox :o
tell me about it! specially those that weave in and out of traffice or make a U-turn without looking at cars coming from the other direction!

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Post by Brian_ » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 2:43 pm

Saint wrote:
Brian_ wrote:Patsy_sg, you're not alone, that is what I feel too.. Worse is sometimes when accident happens these reckless drivers just get away with it. Maybe one day all cars should be installed with cctv or a blackbox :o
Already installed :cool:
Thats cool.. Did you install it yourself or engage someone to do it for you?

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Post by Saint » Wed, 08 Jul 2009 8:33 am

Brian_ wrote:
Saint wrote:
Brian_ wrote:Patsy_sg, you're not alone, that is what I feel too.. Worse is sometimes when accident happens these reckless drivers just get away with it. Maybe one day all cars should be installed with cctv or a blackbox :o
Already installed :cool:
Thats cool.. Did you install it yourself or engage someone to do it for you?
I got a mate of mine to fit for me, it's a motion sensor front and rear camera so also useful when parked in MSCPs

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Post by zodiac » Fri, 17 Jul 2009 1:59 pm

patsy_sg wrote:Driving to work this morning I stopped behind of the yellow box so I didn't block the intersection since the cars in front didn't seem to have any chance of clearing before the lights changed. The car behind me starting blasting his horn and flashing his head lights to tell me to move forward. The lights changed so we're stuck behind a red light, hah! When the light turned green, the macho BMW driver decided to squeeze through the other lane, drove beside me and I could see him saying something to me but of course couldn't hear.

Living here for 13 years, it seems driving habits have deteriorated in the last few years. Cars changing lanes through double white lines/chevrons, not signalling when changing lanes or speeding up behind you if they see you signalling to do so.... vans travelling at 50 kph in the 2nd lane!!


or am I one fo the few who still follows the laws??
As long as you are convinced that you are right, just don't bother about the other fellow honking from behind or flashing lights. That fellow in the BMW was probably the spoilt brat of a wealthy father! Incidently, I have observed more of the luxury car drivers fooling around with traffic rules than the normal car ones. I have seen with regular frequency, those driving cars like BMWs not caring to wait at the zebra crossings!

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Post by irvine » Fri, 17 Jul 2009 3:47 pm

Hey Saint, I do the clapping thing too haha! ... on a good day that is. On a bad day, I give the thumbs down thing to boo boo them.

Something I've learnt though, when bad drivers are around, I'd let them go first, and stay a distance from them.

Once or twice, I had a car overtake me (when I was driving at speed limit), and hit the emergency brakes right when it swing back in front of me.. so as to give me a fright. Again, I've learnt to slow down to keep some distance when an aggressive overtaking is done by an impatient driver.

When are they ever going to slow down and love someone? Sigh...

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Post by Strong Eagle » Fri, 17 Jul 2009 6:43 pm

As a motorcycle rider I am acutely aware of Singapore driving... and fer sure, the luxury car owners seem to think that their road tax purchased the entire road system for their exclusive use.

I have had to dismount at a light, walk over to the window of a BMW driver and ask him if he wanted me to call the TP about his dangerous driving before he would stop tailgating me.

In terms of dangerous and unpredictable driving, goods vehicles come first, taxis next, then the luxury car guys. Surprisingly, female expats are damn dangerous as well... far too many of them won't accept motorcycle lane splitting as the norm and insist on staying on a motorcycle tail after a light instead of backing off.

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Post by sim1310 » Sun, 26 Jul 2009 8:23 am

It's the "me first" syndrome that afflicts most Sinagporeans. You get it everywhere, on the roads, in the grocery aisles, walking on a footpath. People cutting you up and generally not being very considerate of other peoples personal space.

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Post by irvine » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 8:58 am

sim1310, I can't agree more. Further to that, it's the "It's ok if I do it, but not you" when behaviors like that happen. Sometimes I wonder, do they not know that it's rude and inconsiderate..?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 9:44 am

Yes, they know it, but they don't care because the 'me first' always takes precedence.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:30 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Surprisingly, female expats are damn dangerous as well...


Let's be fair....... they're pretty bad even in their home country ;)

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