When you are driving to work and you noticed that the traffic slowing down, much much slower than usual, you automatically assumed a few things. One is that there is a police road block up ahead or or there is some major roadworks up ahead or there is an accident up ahead. If it's the police or roadworks, usually you would start to do a little curse something along the line, couldn't they they have waited until rush hour is over? If it is an accident, you curse all the other drivers for slowing down and yet without fail you yourself have slowed down when passing by the accident.
Why is that? Why do drivers slow down when passing by an accident? Everyone realises the impact to the rest of the traffic behind us. What are they looking for? Apparently this is not just Brunei. It happens to every accident in the world. I have my own theory but so do others. To me usually it is just curiousity. I am never the first to see the accident as by the time I come across it, a whole line of cars would have slowed down in front of it and since I am already slowing down, I am usually thinking that I can afford to have a glance when I am passing by it. Imagine everyone doing the same thing I do.
Why look? Morbid curiousity is always the answer. Human by nature are curious animals as some sociologists would say. Some would justify it by saying, in case it's someone I know and some would say I would like to help out. When I was in Singapore and Malaysia, I was told that people look to look out for the license plate numbers of the cars involved for the 4-D number thing. I guess everyone would have their own reason for slowing down and for looking. I don't know about yours?
I was trawling on the internet for pointers on this subject. I came across a list of other whys? So here goes. Why do people slow down when merging into highways? Why do people fail to "keep left except to pass"? Why do people not use their directional signals? Why do people not know the proper order at a 4 way stop? Why do people see stop signs as a mere suggestion? Why is everyone a worse driver than me? Why does no one know how to drive? To add to that, in Brunei's case, why do people not know how to use a roundabout?
On that subject, my sister's car got hit at the infamous Kiulap/Kiarong roundabout. It wasn't that bad but it does put the car out of action for a couple of days. Luckily the driver owned up and paid for the damage. I noticed it's not just that roundabout that drivers go into the wrong lane. Even the two lane roundabouts at the Beribi Gadong areas or the Berakas Airport roundabouts, cars go into the wrong lanes. Accidents rarely occur because drivers are able to slow down or able to take evasive manouvers. But at the Kiulap Kiarong roundabout, the problems get exacerbated because of the size of the roundabout and also the speed of the cars travelling on and off the highway. I have posted about this a few times and despite the numerous advertisements on Brunei television (which I presumed not many people watched and even if they did, they might not understand it), accidents still occur. At the other roundabouts, the traffic lights project seemed to have stalled now. What happened?