Singapore is an urbanized city-state island country that is a part of Southeast Asia. Located at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula between Malaysia and Indonesia, it has an area of about 700 sq. km, and has a total population of about 4.8 million. Singapore has several road networks and expressways and also provides a rail network for both the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and the LRT (Light Rapid Transit).
However, motorcycles and motorbikes are the primary mode of transportation for people in Singapore* and there is a lot of talk about the safety concern for people operating them. In Singapore, those who are tasked with road management are the Land Transportation Authority (LTA) and the Traffic Police (TP). The LTA is responsible for making sure that the road facilities are in good condition and the TP are tasked with enforcing the rules and providing education, which is very important for the safety of motorcyclists. A law has already been passed to regulate the speed of motor vehicles by the TP. This is called the Road Traffic Act and it limits the speeds of vehicles traveling on Singapore roads for up to 50km/h unless it is noted otherwise.
As most motorcyclists have more fatal accidents than most, there is a big concern for their safety and what can be done to make sure the numbers of these accidents lessen. The Singaporean government has made road regulations and motorcycle safety in Singapore of paramount importance as they understand that driving a motorcycle requires a skill to control compared to cars. So to make sure this happens, here are some tips and important reminders when driving your motorcycle on the road:
Tips for staying safe
- Wear the proper gear. If you have the complete and appropriate gear for driving a motorcycle, it will be safe for you to be on the road.
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Uninflated tires or flat ones can cause major accidents, so always be vigilant on this one.
- It’s best to keep your headlights on, even during the day so that you can be visibly seen. Visibility to other people is important for surviving the road.
- Always focus on driving. When you are not focused on the road and get distracted by other things, the higher chances of you being caught in an accident. So always makes sure to concentrate on driving.
- Do not drink and drive. Either in a car or a motorcycle, it’s best to just get a taxi or ride the train if you’re too drunk to go home. It keeps you alive and you also keep others safe in the process.
- Don’t drive with too much speed. I know it’s tempting, especially if the road looks wide open or if you are in a hurry. Too much speed can cause you to lose control over your vehicle, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Don’t ever try beating the red light. This has never been a good idea and it won’t ever be. Just doing so causes harm not only to yourself but others as well. Even if it’s at night and there are no cars, just don’t push it because you never know what might happen.
- If you’re going to turn or even if you are going to switch lanes, provide the signal in advance to let the one behind you know where you’re going.
- Don’t practice tailgating and always be at a safe distance from the driver in front of you. Just in case there is an accident, you can still hit the breaks on time.
- Always keep left, the only the exception is if you’re going to overtake the other vehicle.
- Always be within the speed limit of the road you are in. If you don’t follow this, not only are you breaking the law, you are endangering other people.
- Always slow down when you see pedestrians are about to cross or if you see any of them at all. It’s better to be safe than you being surprised when they suddenly cross the road without any warning whatsoever.
- Slow down whenever you approach a bend. You never know what’s coming, you may try and go past it full throttle, but then you never know a car may also be trying to go out of that bend.
- Be on the lookout for any animals or children. They don’t know how the road operates, so they get fearful and just go full throttle without any warning. Always practice constant vigilance.
It always pays to be safe. So hopefully you can gain some insights on these tips and reminders. Safe driving!
Author: Jason Mueller