Motorbike Tailgating: The Green Bandit Comes To Singapore

No Comments Yet

It was early morning, and I found myself on the Bukit Timah Expressway heading for the CBD. The road was packed, and a procession of bikes was forced to ride single file in the gaps between lanes.

motorcyclists should avoid tailgating

I had an overwhelming sense of being late, and all these cars were creating a great feeling of agitation in me – almost claustrophobia. At some point, a Malaysian registered bike – couldn’t see what it was, but it was an irritating green colour – started trying to squeeze past me.

The front wheel poked left of me, then right of me, very obviously in my peripheral vision. He (it’s always a he) seemed to be almost scuffing my ankles with his tyre. There were just inches to spare, and there was quite clearly nowhere to go. This green bike character clearly had no spatial awareness whatsoever.

But still he persisted, even though I couldn’t let him past if I wanted to. I felt envious of all the car drivers, safe in their aluminium boxes, safe from this green-biked lunatic.

He was revving and revving, his front wheel distracting me on the left, then on the right. I was getting really annoyed, and felt as if I might be knocked off. Got my motorcycle insurance, I thought, but did I have my personal accident insurance? I couldn’t remember, I was distracted: it was hard enough trying to avoid the steadily moving cars around me without this guy.

Then, finally, a gap appeared in the traffic and I waved Mr Green past angrily. As he passed, he seemed to make a gesture at me that could have been construed as impolite, and stared at me intently for a second: he wore an open-faced helmet, and there was something a little bit scary – but familiar – about his face. I couldn’t quite place him…

Despite a shudder of fear, anger took hold of me once more, and I decided to repay his treatment of me, since now he was in front, and was blocked by the line of bikes heading south. I revved my red Suzuki and nudged my front wheel to either side of the Green Man, whose bike brand I still could not place. We appeared to cross a section of bridge, which I didn’t recall from any previous trip on the BTE, and I saw Mr Green look left and right of him…it was only a bit of fun, but he was agitated…

And then he was veering to the left…he should really concentrate, I thought…but he was veering, and veering. A large lorry of some kind, carrying workers, loomed large to Green’s left, soon to be Green’s centre. The lorry had a big Mercedes badge on the bumper – odd, I thought, did Mercedes do lorries? – just as I was thinking this, the lorry stopped suddenly in its lane.

The rest, dear readers, is a little too colourful to recount, but let’s just say Mr Green saw a little more red than he did before. He was not seriously incapacitated…but his dentist would be rubbing his hands together with delight over the coming weeks…

However, my own mind seemed to be more concerned about the lorry. A Mercedes lorry? Do Mercedes make lorries? And do they make lorries that look like they were built in India 30 years ago? And is the driver of that lorry holding a caramel frappe latte with cream and chocolate sprinkles? I could really do with one of those, I thought.

And then I woke up.

And I thought: wearing an open-faced helmet is not a good idea.

And then I went back to sleep, deciding not to tailgate anyone, whatever their behaviour, because it’s dangerous.

tailgating could cause road accidents

Dream On

This was just a dream of mine (as I would never tailgate anyone in real life!), but it does highlight some of the problems faced by motorcyclists. Often it’s cars that pose the biggest issues, but other motorcyclists aren’t always so innocent.

Have you been troubled by another road user recently? If so, why not tell us about it below? Vivid dreams also welcome.

"Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and should not be taken as advice for purchasing insurance ..."

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Posts

See All Posts
merlion-waters

Keeping Singapore Hydrated: Embrace Your Grubby Car?

Singapore’s politicians have waded deep into the dry-spell debate recently, with a number of different suggestions to help us curtail our water use. World Water Day took place on Saturday…

0
road sign right

Driving Right: Rules of the Road for South East Asia Self-Drive Holidays

Sometimes called ‘the rule of the road’, knowing which side of the highway to drive on is a crucial piece of information for any motorist. Here in Singapore we drive…

0
Contrary to the common myth, red cars are not more expensive to insure than cars of any other colour.

10 Singapore Car Insurance Myths: True or False?

Car insurance can sometimes seem complicated, which is perhaps why there are so many myths surrounding it. But at DirectAsia.com we’re passionate about making car insurance simple and easy to…

0
Types of Insurance

What Insurance Do I Need? Your Handy Guide

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  Yoko Ono…

0
home-improvement

Home Improvements – Just DIY it!

If you own a home in Singapore, its unlikely that you’ve dabbled in any home improvement that goes beyond decorating and furnishing. My reason for saying so is because in…

0
Dog sticks head out

Fire Insurance v. Home Insurance. Avoid This Expensive Mistake

If you are about to buy a house or you are already a homeowner, take a minute to read this. It could save you 1,000s of dollars and a lot…

2
occ-motorbike

How Illegal Modifications Could Affect Your Safety, Warranty & Insurance

An increasing number of Singaporeans are modifying their motorbikes and cars, emphasising their personal style by adding parts that enhance performance or comfort, or simply improve their vehicle’s appearance. But…

0
Types of Insurance

What Insurance Do I Need? Your Handy Guide

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  Yoko Ono…

0
personal-accident

Your Motorcycle Insurance Might not Protect you as Much as you think

Motorcyclist Tom Huang’s life was turned on its head the day he rode over a small rock. He was lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries but little did he…

0
anthony-hobrow-steve-langan

Onwards and Upwards – Hiscox the new Power behind DirectAsia.Com!

In June 2010, we celebrated the birth of DirectAsia.com with the belief that we could change forever the way insurance is bought and sold in Asia. Out with agents and…

0
team-directasia2

DirectAsia.com’s Cycling Team Enjoy Multiple Podium Finishes in HK!

Teamwork is fundamental to how we do things here at DirectAsia.com, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our elite amateur cycling team – also called DirectAsia.com – which…

0
leekuanyew

Lee Kuan Yew at 90. Some Legendary (And Lesser Known) Facts

Lee Kuan Yew’s 90th birthday was notable as much for the wealth of greetings from other legendary public figures as it was for his remarkable age. The UK’s Queen Elizabeth…

0
Types of Insurance

What Insurance Do I Need? Your Handy Guide

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  Yoko Ono…

0
family

Personal Accident Insurance: Your Big Questions Answered

Who Needs Personal Accident Insurance? Anyone might benefit from personal accident insurance. But if you’re a breadwinner you might consider what life would be like for your dependents if you…

2
car-crash-accident

Disputed Personal Injury Claims – All You Need To Know

The physical and emotional anguish faced by those injured in a car accident can sometimes be extreme. There are the immediate medical costs of course, which may involve surgery, medication…

0
life-insurance

Term Life vs Whole Life: Do Insurance Agents & Advisors Give You the Big Picture?

One of the reasons DirectAsia.com came into being is to provide insurance that meets very clear needs in a way people can understand. As a consumer, if you understand the…

0
Travelling with Kids

Can’t Afford Insurance? Think Again.

Do something. That is the strong recommendation coming hot on the heels of a recent survey by national financial education programme MoneySENSE, involving 2,000 Singaporeans from April to October 2013.…

0
singapore-currency

10 of the Best Personal Finance & Investment Blogs in Singapore

Contrary to the popular idiom, cash does not keep the Earth spinning on its axis, but it can make life very comfortable and create optimism about the future. And few…

2
Thailand cycling road

Cycling in Asia Is Great, but Be Prepared

The cycling scene is Singapore is great. There are a large number of cyclists in different groups at varying skill levels. The roads are some of the best in the…

0
reserved priority seat

How effective is priority seating in Singapore?

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) launched its ‘Graciousness Campaign’ a couple of months ago – posters and stickers illustrating positive social norms are being put up on bus shelters, inside…

0
road sign right

Driving Right: Rules of the Road for South East Asia Self-Drive Holidays

Sometimes called ‘the rule of the road’, knowing which side of the highway to drive on is a crucial piece of information for any motorist. Here in Singapore we drive…

0