AS A road user, I am disappointed in the population’s road etiquette. The use of roads is to allow motorists to commute from Point A to Point B. For me, my Point A is home and Point B is school. I use Jalan Jerudong everyday and it is fair to say that I am a frequent commuter of this route. The purpose of my letter to the editor is to highlight what I see every morning on my way to school.
During off peak hours, my journey from Point A to Point B is limited to a total journey time of 10 minutes, during which I will be driving to the pertaining speed limits.
What frustrates me is the morning rush hour traffic can extend my journey by up to 50 minutes on a typical weekday.
For a journey that takes only 10 minutes, I end up taking 50. Usually, I am late. I shall be frank. I am as punctual as I can be. Yet I am told to leave earlier if I wish to get to my Point B earlier. Simple logic, right? Unfortunately, leaving earlier can prolong my journey even longer – which makes me question the paradoxical irony of my situation.
At what time should I be leaving Point A to reach Point B on time?
My irritancy lies not in the traffic but of road etiquette. Traffic is undoubtedly out of a commuter’s control. Etiquette is. By etiquette, I allude to the numerous numbers of cars jumping the queue.
Hello Brunei! the habit of cutting the queue is what is creating the queue.
Traffic in the Jalan Jerudong area is easily avoidable, provided that no one tries to cut in front of other cars. I am not referring to individual cars. I am referring to so many cars that attempt to cut queues. It is not only in this area that drivers seem to be in such a rush. In Brunei everyone is in a rush.
Cutting the queue will definitely get you ahead but at the expense of other drivers in the queue. Cutting the queue is not only incredibly rude for those in front, but is also incredibly dangerous.
The cars I see queuing cautiously in the left lane to pounce on any open opportunity to cut into the right lane (leading off into the Muara-Tutong Highway) rarely signal. On the few occasions they do, the drivers tend to signal just a few seconds before they do.
What purpose does it serve to wave a warning sign just before a life-risking action is taken? I shall answer my rhetorical question. The answer is none.
Common driving courtesy in Brunei is recognised as a simple wave of the hand when a driver wishes to signal to enter into another lane. The simple wave of the hand is no longer simple, especially when other people’s lives are placed in danger.
The simple wave of the hand is not simple when you have cut someone else who has been waiting in that very same queue for far longer than you have.
I am a simple person. I am a law-abiding citizen of Brunei, and I am disappointed at the lack of respect for the Brunei Highway Code. I am more disappointed that there are people bringing up their children at a time when the present generation is exhibiting such rude road etiquette. This provides the Generation Z with an unworthy excuse of ill practice of driving to the point that I am fearful of allowing my children to drive on the roads of Brunei.
Let us live up to the reputation that Brunei promotes itself as a peaceful and safe abode. I have no question about that. So let us start off 2015 by practising safe driving. Don’t cut queues. Signal when required. With regulations, I am certain that the traffic flow will ease throughout Brunei.
Happy roads. Happy commuters. Happy me.
– Beep Beep