I WAS driving along Jalan Batu Kawa on Monday when I head the familiar wail of an ambulance siren coming up behind me.
Like many drivers, I quickly moved to the left to let the ambulance pass. As it rushed by, I merged back onto the right lane behind the ambulance as I was driving faster than those on the left lane.
Suddenly the ambulance slowed down quite dramatically and continued at a snail’s pace. I thought the traffic must be very heavy. The ambulance increased the volume of its siren but to no avail.
Finally the ambulance drifted left to overtake a slow moving car on the right lane. Somehow the lady driver did not have the sense to move left to let the ambulance by.
I have long complained about the antics of lady drivers. This really takes the cake.
All too often drivers (mostly ladies) drive slowly on the right lane of a double-lane road, taking their sweet time.
Look, I have the utmost respect for women and their role in society. They do contribute a lot and women in the workforce perform a crucial role in our economy.
But I am very exasperated when it comes to lady drivers.
Of course there are the better ones and I am sure that there are some male drivers just as bad, but still...
I admit not all women drivers stop their cars 50m before the traffic lights just so that they can be in the shade. They are oblivious that these days traffic lights are automatic and will only change to green when sensors on the road detect cars waiting.
So if they stop beyond the sensor, the traffic light system will think that there are no cars waiting and the light will remain red.
These ladies have huge sunglasses that cover two-thirds of their face or wear a dark visor as huge as a welder’s. Each window would be covered by sunshade so they drive happily along with tunnel vision.
To top it off they will wear men’s long-sleeve shirts back-to-front to protect their fair arms. Just how they manage to turn the steering wheel is anyone’s guess.
And has anyone tried waiting for a lady driver to exit her car parking lot? Once I waited so long that the song that started on my car stereo ended!
If any other lady driver is waiting for her space, I will have enough time to write this column. This is because the waiting car would have crept up so near until it is so difficult for the other car to reverse out. A three-point turn becomes seven-point.
The other day my sister-in-law got back into her car to realign it after she noticed that her front wheels were not pointing straight ahead! She was worried that the tyres would not last very long. I wonder who her physics teacher was.
Once at the Saberkas traffic lights heading towards Rock Road, a lady driver stopped about 20m behind the car in front. If every car leaves a 20m space, the traffic jam will stretch back to the Sarawak River!
This lady driver syndrome is not just a Malaysian thing. I have driven in several countries and I encountered a familiar situation. Somehow they tend to hog the outmost lane of even six-lane highways.
When entering a roundabout or highway ramp, they tend to stop and wait for all four lanes to clear before moving, losing vital momentum.
This usually results in tailgating. The driver (usually a man) behind will be legally at fault. So statistically men are worse drivers than women.
Does the “P” in the provisional licence actually mean “perempuan” and the “L” means ladies?
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I dread when school finally reopens next week. I will have to navigate through the lady drivers dropping off their kids at my sons’ school. The school has a three-bay drop off area but somehow lady drivers will always stop at the first bay instead of the third, meaning only one child can alight one time instead of three.
I also think it is bonkers that all schools in Malaysia have to postpone the school year by a week because of the floods that hit some states in Peninsular Malaysia.
I sympathise with the flood victims. It make senses to postpone the school year, but not for the whole country. It should be done for affected schools and areas only. It is not like the common public examination that must be held at the same time for students.
What happens if, God forbid, a calamity hit some schools in Sarawak? Are we going to close all schools in the country?
We should not be like a hammer that sees everything as a nail.