Safety Tips

Road Safety Tips for Motorists

Driving in Singapore

Road safety is a shared responsibility. As we use the roads every day, let’s exercise patience, stay alert, vigilant, and be careful when driving on the road. Always follow traffic rules, signs, and signals, and be considerate to other road users.  


Follow these safe-driving tips and habits to enhance the experience on the roads, and make your journeys more safe and pleasant:


  • Do not speed – going faster means it will take a longer braking distance.


  • Never drive while using your mobile device.


  • Follow traffic rules and regulations at all times.


  • Never beat the red light – slow down when nearing traffic lights and be prepared to stop when the traffic lights turn amber.


  • Never drive when under the influence of alcohol, or when you have taken medication that causes drowsiness – Don’t Drive to Drink, and You Will Never Drink and Drive.


  • Give way to emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars.


  • Keep a lookout for smaller, vulnerable road users: cyclists or power-assisted bicycle users, and pedestrians like children and the elderly, who may dash across the road.


  • Observe lane discipline and keep watch for traffic hazards ahead, such as traffic congestion due to road works and accidents.


  • Signal in advance when turning or changing lanes; alert other road users of your intention early to prevent traffic accidents.


  • Do not overtake unless the road is clear, and never do so at bends and corners.


  • Do not tailgate and keep a safe following distance – it is a dangerous act and gives you little time to react if the vehicle in front slows down or brakes suddenly.


  • Get familiar with the controls and manoeuvrability of your vehicle.


  • Do not drive when you are very tired and sleepy.



Adopt Defensive Driving


It’s always an advantage for all road users when drivers adopt defensive driving. Defensive driving requires drivers to:


  • Always keep in mind the existence of road hazards.


  • Be prepared to take evasive action, as some road users may not obey the traffic rules all the time.


  • Avoid a collision and make allowances for other road users to correct their mistakes.


  • Be on the lookout for traffic signs and pedestrian actions that may cause traffic hazards.


  • Minimise the chances of an accident from mechanical failure by regularly maintaining your vehicles.



Be Prepared to Adapt to Road Conditions


Motorists must be able to quickly adapt to road conditions while maintaining proper control of their vehicle. Motorists need to be alert at all times and anticipate road hazards. Be able to respond safely to the following hazardous or difficult road conditions:


  • Road works


  • Scenes of accidents


  • Oil patches


  • Sandy stretches


  • Debris scattered on the road


  • Pot holes


  • Bad weather


If necessary, motorists should signal, slow down, or make a full stop when faced with the above situations. Never speed up, change lanes, or swerve and squeeze your  way through traffic.



Be Extra Careful


Drivers must take extra caution and care when:


  • Entering a school or silver zone


  • Passing a bus stop or a crowded taxi bay


  • Approaching a pedestrian crossing


  • Passing vehicles parked along roadsides


Last Updated on 14 May 2018