YOU play "good driver" and observe all the rules. On the expressway, you filter left early to follow the stream of cars exiting on the slip road. Or you do the same on the extreme right of a road to access a ramp, or slip road, to a highway.
During peak periods however, this eats up time, the line of cars in front of you can be quite long, and that's when the nasty Singaporean driver shows up.
There you are, nursing your car slowly forward, when a small gap opens in front of you and suddenly a car swerves forcefully into your path.
He is, of course, the infamous queue-jumper — and not necessarily piloting some fancy set of wheels.
You mutter curses, and stare daggers at the offender, willing him or her to check the rear-view mirror to meet your blazing eyes.
Most times, the other driver does not.
I think many motorists are confronted by such brazen, irresponsible actions every day.
But you don't have to put up with such nonsense; you don't have to feel like you need to bash them up (of course, you shouldn't), or even sound your horn in angry frustration.
I've got a simple solution:
Could some sort of barrier in the form of poles be placed along the dotted lines separating two roads; starting at some distance from the exit or entrance point?
Some may say that this would be unsightly. Perhaps. Others may call it dangerous.
But it would only be dangerous if you were speeding and trying to cut in at the last possible moment.
Still, you would have to agree that something has to be done to curb Singapore’s reckless drivers.
It is also dangerous to other motorists who must be on "super alert" to avoid hitting the intruders.
I have learnt to keep a very sharp vigil for anyone who is inclined to cut in.
I actually keep to the extreme edge of the road to give them less space to muscle in. If I am filtering left, I keep my car hugging the extreme right side of my lane, and vice versa.
Drivers should never allow a yawning gap to open in front of them, to let some time-pinching driver sneak in.
Perhaps, if everyone did that, we wouldn't need to install barriers to ward off the queue-cheaters?