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After a year on the road, new drivers tend to pick up many undesirable driving habits. Here are five dangerous habits that you don't want to get accustomed to.
Category: Miscellaneous Advice
Getting your driving license is the first step to driving in Singapore, the next milestone is to rack up a year of driving experience so that you can lose that 'Triangle Plate'. All drivers who passed their driving test are equipped with adequate knowledge and skills to drive safely on the road. That is after all, what the whole driving license system is meant to achieve.
However, it is easy to get complacent once you have the freedom of driving without an instructor in the passenger seat. You will also start to pick up (wrong) habits from other drivers, and it doesn't take long for you to become a road hazard. Chances are that you will flunk the same driving test that gave you the freedom of driving just a year ago. Here are five dangerous driving habits that you don't want to pick up.
1. Not checking blind spots
To many seasoned drivers, checking of blind spots seems like an unnecessary practice that driving instructors enforce on learner drivers. It seems like something that is only forced upon learner drivers to make their lives more difficult.
That is of course untrue, as checking of blind spots is an integral part of safe driving. Blind spots are areas that you cannot see in your range of vision, and in the case of driving, these are areas that cannot be properly seen even with the use of the vehicle's side and rearview mirrors. As such, you might fail to realise the presence of another vehicle (especially motorcycles which are much smaller) travelling next to yours and risk side-swiping them. Checking of blind-spots only requires a slight tilt of your head and it is a simple practice that can keep everyone safe on the roads.
2. Not slowing down at give way lines and pedestrian crossings
Pedestrian crossings and give way lines are something that drivers encounter on a daily basis, and slowing down when approaching them should be a much more common practice and not just a suggestion. While you might be tempted to simply give a cursory glance as you approach and proceed through without slowing down, it is a dangerous practice that can result in disastrous accidents should you misjudge the situation.
Without slowing down, you will not be able to stop in time should there be a need to. With the recent influx of e-scooters and e-bikes, pedestrian crossings are much more precarious than before, as it is easy to miss these swiftly moving PMDs. Always slow down, so that you can react should there be any unexpected traffic or pedestrian.