Thursday, 9 October 2008

Common mistakes by Malaysians drivers

After 5 and 1/2 years taking the public transport everyday to work, I've finally decided that I've had enough of taking the LRT to work. I've experienced things in the LRT that I don't care to repeat such as becoming human sandwich in the sea of people for the entire 30 minutes ride to Masjid Jamek, pregnant woman not given seat, people fainting, witnessing a young couple making out. So in June, I've bought the new Saga BLM for RM35,000 in silver. Am now driving to work everyday. Happy that I'm not in the LRT anymore, but at the same time a bit miffed (alright, actually very mad) at Malaysian drivers. Maybe its me, I can be an impatient driver at times, but I do hate slow poke drivers.

Some observation by me while driving:
1. No signal when turning into corner - especially when cars are already waiting for that particular car to pass by, but suddenly turned into the corner/junction. What a waste of other people's time.
2. Cruising on busy roads and during peak time - what is wrong with people like this, please drive at an even pace then people can get to work on time!
3. Slow car insisting to stay on fast lane - especially in highways, perasan kereta dia Ferrari kot....
4. Slowing down to see accidents - not actually helping the accidents. Most of the time, it's not even an accident just a broken down car.
5. Cutting cues - very kiasu and unethical drivers especially at tolls or busy roads
6. When it rains, everybody slows down - what's up with this? can never understand this....just drive carefully, not slowly...ugghhhh!
7. NOT Giving way - especially taxis...God forbid they give way to you
8. Not giving way to pedestrians - pedestrians have to watch out for drivers even if it is a zebra's crossing, not the other way round. Drivers in Europe and America have the right attitude and ethics in giving way to pedestrians. Safety first. Even though I'm an impatient driver, I actually give way to pedestrians and cars.
9. Parking "creatively" - a term that I borrow from Hitz fm public announcement. Malaysian drivers can just park anywhere and everywhere that's convenient for them i.e double parking at busy roads for a quick stop, and thus creative a massive bottleneck behind.
10. Road bully - they see "red" and think that driving is like a competition with other drivers.

.....and I could go on and on about Malaysian drivers, but you get the drift. As long as Malaysian drivers do not have an overhaul for attitude while driving, our driving style won't change. Just like a third world country mentality, not adhering to system. But its life, either you sink or you swim....

6 comments:

la Signora said...

I'm constantly on my crazy pills when I'm driving in Kuching.Plus Kuching has TONS of roundabouts, and I HATE roundabouts.But the whole 'tak signal thing', 'road hoggers', yeah that is ANNOYING especially time busy nak gi keje.

Here in Tanah Kanggaru, it's the OTHER way round.I thought lagi selamat, rupa-rupanya lagi saiko.Although accident rates are 10x lower than Malaysia, still the drivers are aggressive drivers, meaning takder masa nak jadi pemandu ayu.The most sakit hati drivers are Asians (unfortunately) langsung tak give way if you're at the zebra crossing.to quote your mom, "puaka" (remember?!he he).

indecisiveness said...

Ok i haf to add another one about not giving ways,its the women dirver.They are SERIOUSLY selfish,would never giveways and they DO NOT KNOW how to drive (some lah)not all. I am a kiasu driver (as I picked it up from Malaysian Kiasu Driver (MKD)), but i do give ways when there is a need to.To beat the taxi driver u haf to be daring as they are, then they'd give u ways too.Dat's the way it is

ziah said...

i agree wif everything u list down! naik public transport menyakitkan hati, drive sendiri pulak buat sakit jiwa... that's y i stop taking lrt. i prefer to take bus tapi since aku tgh membawak muatan lebih penumpang buat masa ni, terpaksa la drive...

Beautiful Life said...

La Signora: Yeah..I'm a self confessed road rage...seriously no patience with people who don't know how to drive properly

Indecisiveness: Woman drivers! Even tho I'm a woman too...

Ziah: Public transport is a nuisance...might as well driver and curse in the car heheh

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