SINGAPORE: Drivers cutting queues may think they can get to their destination faster, but the behavior could disrupt traffic flow and cause further road congestion for all motorists.
It also increases the risk of accidents, said the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS), which labeled drivers as having “little respect” for other road users.
The problem of cutting queues was highlighted by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on January 16 when it warned of heavy traffic at Singapore’s land checkpoints with Malaysia ahead of the holiday travel period.
Inconsiderate drivers have contributed to traffic congestion at Singapore’s land checkpoints, Home Secretary K Shanmugam said in a parliamentary response on Jan. 9.
Responding to questions from UKTN, the AAS warned that the risk of a crash increases if drivers cut into lanes too suddenly or too slowly.
“Furthermore, if the vehicle cutting the queue is stopped or moving slowly, it will seriously hinder the smooth flow of traffic, which will then lead to more congestion on the roads and longer travel times for all vehicles,” it added .
Those cutting into other lanes and blocking the path of other vehicles show “little respect” for fellow road users, AAS said while urging motorists to be courteous on the road.
Here’s what motorists can do to avoid increasing traffic congestion or getting stuck in traffic:
Motorists must be prepared to take evasive action because road users do not always comply with the law, the Singapore Road Safety Council (SRSC) said in an advisory on its website.
Drivers must also consider others to correct their mistakes.
They must adapt to road conditions while maintaining control of their vehicles.
“As appropriate, motorists should signal, slow down or come to a complete stop” when faced with unexpected road hazards, including potholes, inclement weather or other accidents, SRSC advisory said.
“They should never speed up, change lanes or swerve and push their way through traffic.”
The AAS said drivers should avoid distractions such as eating or using their phones, even if they’re stuck in traffic.
“Being aware of other drivers’ actions and blind spots is also important for staying safe in heavy traffic,” it added.
FOLLOW THE TRAFFIC RULES
Motorists are not allowed to drive when they are tired or have been drinking.
They must always check their blind spot, avoid changing lanes on bends and must not overtake unless the road is clear, Singapore Police said in its list of road safety tips.
The SRSC advises motorists not to speed or chase.
They should stay in their own lane and avoid sudden braking by leaving enough space between vehicles, AAS said.
LOVE TO DRIVE
Motorists must give other drivers space and time, be understanding of the actions of others and not rush.
“Drivers can show courtesy on the road by being patient,” AAS said.
“The union wants to encourage drivers to keep their cool, especially in frustrating situations, and not to take the actions of other drivers personally,” the statement said.
Drivers should also avoid deliberate actions or aggressive driving behavior that could provoke, antagonize or even endanger other road users.
“Driving in a friendly manner can help create a safer and more enjoyable driving experience for all road users sharing the road and reduce the risk of accidents.”
If possible, avoid traffic jams and poor traffic conditions by traveling during off-peak hours, the AAS advised.
Before leaving, drivers can plan their route by checking for congestion on roads and highways. The Land Transport Authority and ICA Singapore post traffic updates on their respective social media accounts.
“Planning their routes also helps drivers better manage their time and avoid rushing,” said AAS.