Golden rules on driving


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

I REFER to the letter, “Raising speed limit a regressive move’’ by Manjit Bhatia (The Star, March 13).  

If speed kills, I would have died a thousand deaths, for you see I do not drive at 110kph. If there is a clear stretch, my speed will be a constant 160kph.  

The people on the German autobahn would have died more than a million times, for you see the driving speed there is in excess of 200kph.  

Obviously, either Manjit does not do much driving or he does not know what he is talking about.  

Please allow me to put forward the probable causes of accidents on the road:  

1.Lack of concentration.  

2. Lack of skills. 

3. Not able to anticipate the events unfolding in front of the driver. 

4. Under the influence of alcohol. 

5. Under the influence of drugs. 

6. Tiredness/sleepiness. 

7. Recklessness. 

8. Bad vision. 

9. Intolerance, and  

10. Lack of understanding (of fellow drivers). 

Anyone of the above factors and/or their combinations IS the cause of accidents.  

I have been driving for more than 40 years and covered more than 1,000,000km on the Malaysian roads and I have never caused an accident. 

Oh yes, I have two minor accidents so far when the drivers hit my back because I stopped at the traffic lights.  

I would also like to add that Malaysian drivers are maturing into a civilised lot, making way when they see you coming to overtake on the highway or letting you squeeze into the correct lane in a busy junction. 

Of course, there still are, as in every country, “oddballs” who think they are the “king of the highway”. You can discount them.  

So there you are Manjit, speed is not the cause of accidents. If you observed the above 10 golden rules on driving, no motor accident will come to you.  

LAMuhs, (via e-mail)  

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