In this series of articles in collaboration with Use Your Roadsense, an initiative by the Singapore Traffic Police, Bridgestone Tyre Singapore brings to you tips and advice to be a better road user in Singapore.
For this third article in a six-part series, we bring you ways on how to use your roadsense, in order to be a better motorist. As a driver, you first need to keep in mind that courtesy is a two-way street. Just as you’d like others to be gracious to you, it’s important to first extend courtesy before it’s reciprocated.
“So, how do I go about being a more gracious driver,” you might ask. It might come as a surprise, but being a better motorist isn’t all about on-road behaviour and mannerisms. It begins even before you get behind the wheel, or even before you get to your car, in fact!
1. Before You Drive
We’ve all been through this – sitting at your office desk working 15 hours straight to rush out a report for your boss, or finishing up a project due the next morning. It’s now past midnight, and you’ve been working non-stop since 8 in the morning, fueled by a cocktail of granola bars, triple-shot espressos, and energy drinks. You stumble to the car park and into your car, longing for a shower and the warm embrace of your bed.
STOP! If you’re tired enough that you need to fight to keep your eyes open, don’t get behind the wheel.
Driving while sleepy can be considered a form of impairment, which adversely impacts your reaction time, vigilance, attention, and rate of information processing. In two incidents that happened on Singapore roads, accidents caused by drivers falling asleep caused injuries to pedestrians, and even permanent disability and death.
So you’ve gone out for dinner with friends, and predictably, someone suggests post-dinner drinks at a nearby bar. Despite knowing that you drove to dinner, and being aware of the severe penalties for driving under the influence, your friends still push multiple drinks to you. Six drinks later, you’re still able to walk steadily to your car, but feeling a little drowsy.
STOP! As long as you’ve consumed any alcohol – whether it’s one drink or six – never drink and drive.
Just like driving while sleepy, drink driving affects your judgement and reaction time. With taxis and drive-home valet services available just a call away, there’s no excuse to drive home drunk. In two incidents, accidents caused by drivers driving drunk caused severe injuries to pedestrians, and even death.