Malaysians And The Blinking Lights On Their Cars

11 December 2004 07:32

Malaysian drivers generally do not turn their cars' indicator lights on when they're about to make left or right turns or when switching lanes. Some actually do, but they only do it when they're already turning.

On the other hand, Malaysian drivers DO like to turn BOTH indicator lights (hazard lights) on when driving in heavy rain. It gets really fun, especially for those behind them, when the driver is the kind who switches lanes a lot while driving on the highway.

If the police force ever needs money on a rainy day, just make the latter an offence and impose the on-the-spot maximum fine of RM300 to any driver who commits it. If that isn't made an offence, car makers can save costs by taking out the indicator lights. After all, no one really bothers to use it properly here.

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GUB2
GUB2
12/11/2004 8:45:46 AM #

A sad truth indeed. However, there are exceptions. Such as myself, hahahaha.
As of the hazard light, it can also be used as a parking light. Lets say you need to stop for a short while to buy something, and found no parking spot, you can just park you car anywhere with your hazard light turn on.

zoow
zoow
12/11/2004 10:44:06 AM #

sad but true however yours truly is an exception, I DO use the blinking lights when I changed lane..it's what I call communicating without talking heh

hyelbaine
hyelbaine
12/11/2004 2:34:25 PM #

Agreed! Get it endorsed! ;)

Cheers!!! :D

SpeedyGonzales
SpeedyGonzales
12/11/2004 4:01:37 PM #

Yes these old and new drivers have their hands "glued" to their steering wheels!  And the ┬ôlate indicators┬ö are due to the drivers not familiar with the roads. The roads would be much safer and less jam if drivers used their indicators to show their intentions IF they are driving consciously.

I wonder if the present driving tests test them and fail them on the use of turning indicator lights.

And I must say the driving schools failed miserably to teach the green horns to use their third, fourth or little fingers to initiate the turn lights.

Many are not aware a properly maintained car is cambered to maintain a straight course and required very little effort on the steering wheel especially with power steering.

As for the hazard lights, the highway code is specific about these  If you are involved in an accident or stop to give assistance, then use your hazard warning lights to warn other traffic.

When driving in heavy rain if the visibility is impossible, then slow down and ease your car to the left curb or emergency lane and remained stationary with you hazard lights on.

For ADDITIONAL safety, look at your rear mirror (keep your Air Cond on to prevent condensation/misting) and whenever you see cars approaching from behind, jab/release on your brake pedal to give additional warning brake light that your car is stationary.

tasia
tasia
12/14/2004 10:34:08 AM #

heyyyyy.. sorry eh.. after that day i didn't manage to call you back.. thousands apologies.. training non-stop even on weekends.. how are you doing? take care okay..

Pok Ku
Pok Ku
12/15/2004 4:14:51 AM #

Malaysians are used to having the "lip lap" lights for Christmas, Raya, New Year, Deepavali etc.
So extension to their cars is natural but nonetheless irritating.

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