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Spotting a dangerous driver helps keep you and your passengers safe. Here are five signs of dangerous driving to watch out for on the roads of Singapore.
Category: Miscellaneous Advice
A large part of defensive driving is keeping an eye out for dangerous drivers so you can avoid them or at least give them a wide berth. Most of us know the signs to look out for. Speeding, aggressive driving, not using the indicators, and weaving in and out of lanes are the most obvious signs that the person behind the wheel is dangerous.
However, these aren't the only signs to watch out for. Here are five less obvious signs that a driver is dangerous and should be avoided - safely, of course.
1. Driving with the head lights off
Yes, it's possible that the driver may have forgotten to turn on the head lights. But it's even more dangerous when the driver fails to realise that they are off.
By law, head lights must be switched on between 7:00pm and 7:00am. Sensible drivers will also ensure they are switched on while driving in tunnels, covered carparks and in poor weather. So, if someone's head lights are off, it points to poor situational awareness.
You must assume that the driver will also be unaware of many other things - until it is too late. These include other vehicles in his blind spot, road works or an accident ahead, and even oncoming traffic if he's making a turn.
2. Poor lane discipline
Most drivers are able to keep their car in the centre of the lane - it doesn't matter if the road is straight or curved.
Dangerous drivers, on the other hand, tend to place their car relatively close to the lane markings. This causes confusion for other road users, who wonder if he is about to switch lanes by slowly drifting into the next one.
In addition, some of these 'drifters' also have a tendency to overreact when other cars pass them or when other motorists honk at them.
Typically, this means jerking the steering wheel in an attempt to quickly re-centre the vehicle. But sudden strong inputs can also be unsafe - if the road is slippery, there is a risk that the vehicle may fishtail.