My memories of Tour de France revolve around notable cyclists like Chris Froome, Lance Armstrong and perhaps Eddie Peng (the actor who have acted To the fore)
Spotted on SG Road Vigilante YouTube, we have spotted a father and son figure taking their bicycle and cycle along ECP (East-Coast Park Expressway)
And here's the video.
I do respect this father who wants to train his son at the upmost perfect terrain for his son. However, according to our LTA rules.
Under Rule 3 of the Road Traffic (Expressway – Excluded Vehicles) Rules 2010, cyclists are not permitted to ride their bicycles, including Power Assisted Bicycles, on expressways.
Cyclists who are found riding on expressways may be liable for a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or imprisonment of up to six months.
The authorities will enforce against road users who choose to flout the traffic rules.
For cycling enthusiasts.
There is an on-road bicycle lane to open in Changi East, It is 10km-long, 2m-wide bicycle lane on both sides.
I will be rooting for you when you and your son when you guys are participating in Tour de Singapura France. But for now, please keep our expressway free of an accident!
Do me a favour, please watch the video first before reading past this first sentence, this way, you will understand the context of what is going on. Turn your sound on too.
Done? Great. So, the actions of the driver in the camera car. Necessary, or just plain idiotic and rude?
Yes, the uncle at the traffic light did seem a little blur and started crossing the road, rather slowly too, after the red man came on.
Yes, this traffic light along Victoria Street is notorious for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic, as seen in the video where people are not done crossing the road even as the red man comes on.
Perhaps let's cut the uncle some slack? Maybe he wasn't paying attention or just having an off day. Or on the other hand, he is really lacking spatial awareness and nearly got himself killed.
Understandably, the driver in the camera car could've not honked so long and scared the uncle half out of his slippers. A double tap of his horn would've been suffice, plus the other cars around the camera car don't seemed to have moved off either. And also being so eager to leave the lights. Where are you rushing off to, bro?
But then again, this writer daresays that both parties are in the wrong in this incident. The uncle for not being observant of the traffic light and taking his own sweet time to cross, and the driver for being extremely heavy handed with his horn. Although the driver should be more conscious on his acceleration. Yes, this writer knows that most of us can't tolerate stupid people, but do remember that if you as a driver hits a pedestrian, it's not going to just be demerit points, man.
Like most things in life, a little patience doesn't kill, people. You would think people would've remembered that by now but no.......
Ever seen one of these foldable bicycles?
The guy below probably has not.
Now, this might not be very useful information (because it is not allowed) but apparently, our local train's railing can support a non-foldable bicycle.
We thought it is an ingenious way to park or store one away.
For those who are wondering what on earth is happening, below is an extract replicated from SMRT...
"Some of you may have come across a video that is circulating online about a commuter with a bicycle on board a train.
At around 7.10pm on 15 Dec, an SMRT staff tried to stop a male commuter with a non-foldable bicycle from entering the train at Woodlands station. The male commuter was uncooperative and forced his way into a north-bound train. The commuter subsequently transferred to a west-bound train at Jurong East station and exited at Pioneer station at about 7.50pm.
We have since identified the commuter and made a police report.
For the safety and comfort of all commuters, we would like to remind everyone to observe regulations when bringing foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices on board trains and buses."
Check out what netizens have to say about this guy who flouted the law...
Hello nieces and nephews, this is your uncle Koba here again. Hello.
Today, we have this guy who is trying too hard to fulfil his boyhood dream of becoming traffic police. Spotted on Road.sg, this Honda ST1300 - a road touring bike which is kinda familiar to our SPF choice of weapon, the Yamaha XJ900T.
Let's have a look.
Wait a sec.
He is a whole package! A long long time ago, there must be young handsome traffic police who gave him a helping and makes him remember how cool traffic police is and since then, he got inspired to becoming one.
Alrighty, so nieces and nephews, please take a second look at our traffic police when you spotted one. It may and may not be one.
Now this is one heartening sight! Our local police force is working hard to catch bad-behaving vehicles on our roads!
Seen on SG Road Vigilante is this video of an unmarked Traffic Police vehicle zooming up fast on the AYE towards Tuas to catch a motorbike on 13th of December 2020. We can't really see why the bike was being stopped but according to the source, it is a Malaysian-registered bike with a mini rear number plate.
While having such a number plate is an offence in our sunny island, we thought the police might also be catching the biker for a speeding offence or having a loud exhaust.
As for the rest of us, we now know when you see a white Mazda 3, it might not be a Private Hire Vehicle but an Unmarked Traffic Police car!
Don't park your car too close to the trees! Though, that might not have helped much considering the sheer size of this fallen tree. According to SG Road Vigilante, this '10-storey high tree' fell on 13 December and damaged 11 vehicles in the carpark at Toa Payoh.
Luckily, there doesn't seem to be any pedestrians injured by the tree, I can't imagine how severe it would be, to be crushed by a tree of this size.
I would faint on the spot if this was my car, looks like it's a total wreck!
Bikes were also among the 11 casualties of this incident.
While there seems to be a general idea that damages from fallen trees aren't covered by your vehicle insurance, it seems to be inaccurate. According to this Straits Times article, several insurers do provide coverage in such events.
More importantly, it's raining heavily now, I'd better move my car to a safer spot!
"Hey man, where's the fire?", is what one should be asking the driver of the white Toyota.
From the look of the video, the driver was going way too fast. If he wasn't rushing to a fire, maybe he was rushing off for something else...
But let's not digress. As the old adage goes, "if you want to do something stupid, make sure others don't get hurt". Well, guess the driver of the Toyota didn't get the memo too.
Speeding like a madman, fine. Crash into the central divider, it's your fault so live with it. But knocking into someone else after crashing your car? Not cool, man. Especially since the other car was minding their own business until they got a rude jolt because another car crashed into them.
Stay safe, people. If you want to speed, buy a PlayStation or Xbox and get those racing simulator games like Gran Turismo or Forza. A lot cheaper and a whole lot safer.
From being able to get behind the wheel of your dream car as soon as possible to enjoying a worry-free motoring experience, there are many reasons why you might opt to lease a car. We look at the benefits it can bring you!
If you want to drive a car but don't want the hassle and uncertainty associated with ownership, leasing could be just the thing for you.
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider leasing your next car!
1. Get in your dream car faster with zero downpayment
For a start, you will be able to bring that dream car to your doorstep sooner than you expect. By opting to lease, you will get access to a brand-new car with zero cash downpayment.
2. You can put your money to better use
Even if you have the cash on hand for a downpayment, there is always a better use for it. You might consider an investment in order to earn some spare income or, if you are not into investing, why not splurge on that well-deserved holiday, or that home renovation you always wanted. Think about all the ways you could spend your money on.
3. Bid farewell to unexpected increases in expenses
Owning a car can lead to erratic and substantial repair and maintenance costs. However, when you lease, your motoring expenses are reduced to one simple monthly payment. Just add your parking and fuel costs, and you're ready to hit road!
And here's one other little-known secret: With your insurance already covered by the leasing firm, you won't have to worry about changing insurance premiums after an accident, since your monthly leasing cost will remain the same. How's that for added predictability?
4. Have a concierge service at your disposal
Of course, having all your budgeting planned out will be pointless if you don't have any free time to enjoy it. Get a full-service lease, inclusive of concierge service and 24h roadside assistance, to ensure that you have complete peace of mind.
With the concierge service, a representative will arrive at a place of your choosing both to collect and to return the car whenever your vehicle is due for servicing or repairs, so the disruption to your schedule is kept to an absolute minimum.
"I'm really happy with my leasing experience with Daimler Fleet Management. It's so easy; I just have to pick up the phone whenever I have issues with my car and the concierge takes care of it. I wouldn't see myself going back to buying a car without leasing again.", Dr. Govender, long time leasing customer.
Don't know which workshop you can trust to keep your car best maintained? Why not leave it to the expertise of your leasing firm? This way, you not only leave the maintenance costs of your car to the firm, but all the related logistics and part sourcing as well.
A full-service lease with Daimler Fleet Management additionally ensures that you only get original replacements on wear and tear items including tyres, batteries and wiper blades, so you can always count on a dependable and working car.
Even if you are unfortunate enough to face a breakdown on the road, Daimler Fleet Managements' 24-hour roadside assistance teams are always on standby.
5. A replacement car is there when you need one
A replacement vehicle is also provided via the 24h roadside assistance. When your vehicle is sent for repairs or routine servicing, you won't have to make alternative transport arrangements.
6. Gain insulation from resale value risk
Finally, when it comes to that time when you have to part ways with your pre-loved car, you can likewise just leave it to the concierge to pick it up.
Others would have to worry about how much their cars have depreciated, and to haggle over a price with a used car dealer. Meanwhile, you will be able to spend your time shopping for your next new love!
7. Leasing is more affordable than you think
With so many services on offer, you'd naturally think that leasing is going to be expensive. But that's not necessarily true.
With Daimler Fleet Management, you get to enjoy all the benefits listed above, from as little as $10 a day!
8. Enjoy flexibility on your lease term
Afraid of getting locked into a fixed leasing contract? Have no fear. Your lifestyle and mobility needs can change, and Daimler Fleet Management understands the importance for flexibility when it comes to your motoring needs.
That's exactly why it now offers a new Flexi lease option, which mirrors a pay-per-use model by allowing customers to alter their lease periods as and when the need may arise.
So, should you feel like changing your car to the latest facelift model, upgrading to a bigger car for your growing family, or if you want to simply stop driving, the options are always open.
If all these sound great to you, Daimler Fleet Management has an extensive fleet of vehicles available at competitive rates for you to consider. Find out more here, or call 6849 8118 for enquiries!
Little did he know...
Now, we don't know whether to laugh or be angry if we came across such a situation.
As seen on STOMP is this video of a driver driving along Tampines Ave 4 with the intention of turning into Tampines Central 1 when he/she realises that there is suddenly another car in his/her path.
This was captured on 8th of Dec 2020 and we bet the camera car driver must have been shocked as he seemed to be traveling at a decent speed before needing to slam onto the brakes after he spots the offending car in his lane.
Here's another case of Singaporean drivers not being gracious.
For those who have been reading our blogs, this looks slightly similar to the other incident we posted last week where the camera car refuses to give way.
Posted on SG Road Vigilante first, this BMW 5 Series could be seen cutting across the camera car's lane and also across the double white lines early in the video. Our first instinct was, "wow what a horrible move by the BMW".
But later in the clip, you will notice that the BMW did signal his intention of going into the filtering lane at the end of Clementi Ave 6 going towards Bukit Batok. However, the camera car chose to not give way, probably triggering the BMW driver's temper. Not a cool move from the camera car we rekon.
Would you have given way to the BMW if you were driving the camera car? Or you reckon the BMW is just being silly? Let us know!
In the past, family focused MPVs have gained a poor reputation for being boring and unexciting. Nowadays, that's hardly the case.
In this day and age of SUVs, it's easy to forget that less than 10 years ago, MPVs were all the rage, at least among buyers who needed a vehicle that was highly practical and functional, serving the needs of a family.
Over the years, though, MPVs have gained something of a bad reputation. With their traditionally boxy design, hardy interiors and generally unexciting personality, MPVs tend to be thought of as somewhat 'boring'.
However, that's not quite true anymore.
1. Sporty design
These days, automotive design is definitely much more interesting and expressive than before. Even for MPVs, you nowadays find more sporty exterior designs that draw from hatchbacks and SUVs. The sleeker designs have generallty moved away from the boxy designs of the past.
Additionally, chic detailing is also available, such as the new R-Line package available on the Volkswagen Touran. The bespoke R-Line body kit, 18-inch Marseille alloy wheels and black radiator grille creates a look that definitely echoes the Volkswagen Golf.
2. Family friendly
Of course, all MPVs have to be family friendly. MPVs standout out for their overall functionality and adaptability to all situations, with seven seats for passengers, a large, configurable cabin with plenty of space, as well as a certain level of ruggedness to make the car 'kid-proof'.
The Touran has plenty of family friendly features. The cabin can fit seven, or can be maximised for storage by folding both rear rows of seats down to create 1,857 litres of cargo space. The easy open tailgate function also allows handsfree access to the boot.
The Touran also features foldable tables with an integrated cupholders on the backrest of the front seats, rear air-con controls, as well as individually adjustable second row seats, with a total travel of 200mm.
3. Safety first
Safety is also paramount. As you'd expect from a modern car, any MPV today will come packed with safety features. In the Touran, you will find Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Side Assist and Rear Traffic Alert.
In addition, you will find an integrated child seat in the Touran R-Line. The outer seats have a seat cushion that folds upwards, which reveals a non-slip step for the child's feet. Fold-out side bolsters and side head restraints also provide additional side support for the child. As a result, you don't have to spend additional money on a slew of kid-friendly accessories for your car (and add to the clutter) - safety comes built in!
As the new Volkswagen Touran R-Line proves, MPVs don't have to be dull, people carriers. Loaded with modern amenities and equipment, sporting a fresh and sharp design, while still delivering ample the practicality and functionality, the Touran easily dispels the myth that all MPVs are boring.
A little patience can go a long way, let's be honest. If only the driver of that Volkswagen heeded that advice.
If someday, someone needs an example, perhaps they can come back to footage of this accident that happened at the junction of Yio Chu Kang Road and Hougang Avenue 2
Now, let's not point fingers here on who's fault it was, we'll let the authorities handle that.
But sometimes, just stop and wait for a little while longer at a discretionary right turn. It won't hurt you to be a little delayed if you can save yourself the hassle of getting involved in an accident.
And to add insult to injury, the Mercedes ends up blocking the road to Hougang Avenue 2 after hitting the Volkswagen, causing even more inconvenience for everyone.
Perhaps slow down a little when you're approaching a junction, for you never know who might try to dash out on the discretionary right turn. Remember what you learned in driving school. Let off the accelerator on the third arrow before the junction, then press it again as you cross the first arrow.
After all, would you rather be a little late to your appointment or injured from an avoidable accident? Plus, accident repairs aren't cheap, and neither is an increase in your insurance policy and the forfeiture of your NCD. Food for thought?
Alright, people, yes, Singapore has a lot of rules. Some questionable, others necessary. But if the road you're on has clear demarcation and signs saying "NO OVERTAKING", the signs are there for a reason, people.
And more often than not, the video has brought us back to one of the most infamous roads in Singapore, South Buona Vista Road. Also known as "99 Bends" or "gao zhup gao wan", this road has seen many an accident over the years.
Every corner is more or less a blind corner, and it is nigh impossible to see who or what is coming the other way until it is too late, so it is only more than expected that the stretch where the road is the windiest has double white lines to indicate no overtaking at all times, and multiple signs along the road to also remind road users not to overtake until the road switches back to a single white line.
Most people get the message. Emphasis on most people.
As seen in the video, the motorcyclist suddenly overtakes the car from the right, crossing the double white line, and proceeds to channel his inner Valentino Rossi as he takes the corner at speed. Once again, he crosses the double white line. Only this time, there is another motorcyclist coming the other way, which he most probably didn't realise until it was too late.
Mr MotoGP ends up losing control of his bike and crashes into the other motorcyclist who was just minding his own business. Come on people, if you want to do something stupid, keep the injuries to yourself, and not hurt other people in the process. Apparently this guy didn't get the memo, as he gave the lady in the car a good shock too when he crashed, as heard from the shriek in the video.
Rules, people. They are there for a reason, and sometimes it won't hurt just to listen to them. For all you know, it could mean the difference between life and death.
Now that is dangerous.
Here's another case of a car catching fire while parked.
As seen on SG Road Vigilante's page, a Toyota Vios caught fire despite not even being driven. This happened at on 2nd of Dec 2020 at blk 638 of Punggol Drive and thankfully it seemed like no one got hurt by the incident.
It is unclear why the Vios lighted up on its own and we hope the taxi that was beside it when it was burning wasn't damaged.
Could it be its in car-camera's back up battery? Or was it something else?
Oh no, this white Porsche Macan is going to get flamed online by neitzens everywhere with his/her brake-checking skills.
Spotted on SG Road Vigilante's page is this video of a Porsche SUV that is pissed with the camera car not giving way on 30th of Nov 2020. Everything started from the junction of Upper Thompson and Braddell Road with the Porsche slowly catching up to the camera car which was going a decent speed.
The Porsche then wanted to overtake on Braddell road for a few times but somehow luck was not in his way and the camera car seemed like it was blocking the SUV. With ego getting the best of the SUV driver, the Macan then a bad judgement call at Braddell Underpass, trying to cut into the camera car's lane without signal. Funny thing is throughtout the other parts of the video, the Macan did signal his intentions mostly...
From then on, it then seemed like the Macan wanted to give the camera a piece of his mind and brake-checked the camera car after finally overtaking it.
Was it solely the fault of the Porsche? Or was the camera car in the wrong for not giving way despite knowing the Porsche had intentions to overtake? It does take two hands to clap afterall...
Saw this shocking footage on ROADS.sg Facebook page, the first thought that came across my mind was, woah, the rider was literally centimetres away from death! Really, the spot his helmet contacted the ground was in the direct path of the Honda Vezel's front left tyre!
Unsurprisingly the comment section was filled with praises for the driver of the Honda Vezel. Indeed, it was the driver's attentive driving and lightning-quick reflexes that saved the rider's life. In fact, it looks like he had damaged his car in the process of dodging the fallen biker - a truly selfless move!
As for what caused the rider to fell over, there were some speculations:
Seems like it could've been due to exhaustion or issues with the bike.
At the end of the day, we need to remember that, as drivers, we should always be attentive, and aware of the surroundings - put down that phone! Be it a driver or a biker, we should always aim to get on the road only after getting sufficient rest, and also to keep our vehicles in tip-top condition. That way, we can all stay safe on the roads.
You can watch the full video on ROADS.sg's Facebook page
This is why, in driving school, the instructors are always going on and on and on about checking for oncoming traffic when making a discretionary right turn, because you never know who or what might be coming from the other side.
At the junction of North Coast Road and Woodlands Ave 9, this motorcyclist unfortunately did forget what he learned in driving school, seeing as he took off without fully checking if there were any other oncoming vehicles.
Thankfully for him, his bike seemed to take the brunt of the impact, even though the rider did go flying in the air a little. He even is able to look up after landing beside the taxi.
The taxi also seems to have slowed down just enough before impact.
Sometimes, taking those extra few seconds to check for oncoming traffic while making a discretionary turn won't hurt. Especially if your view of oncoming traffic is blocked by a large vehicle. Better late than injured or worst, right?
Ouch. That must have hurt quite a bit for the Honda Vezel driver.
Spotted on various Facebook group is this video of a Honda Vezel doing an illegal u-turn at the junction of Telok Blangah Road and Sentosa Gateway on 26Nov 2020.
Unfortunately for this Vezel driver, a Singapore Police Force Patrol car was among the cars that had the right of way and needed to avoid the crossover.
Naturally, the SPF patrol car turned on its siren and stopped the Vezel immediately...
So what can we learn from here? Like what your Army Encik says, if you insist of not following the law, just make sure you don't get caught...
Amidst all the gloom around the world and bad road behavior we see on our roads here, there are still good vibes happening around once in a blue moon.
Spotted on 25th of Nov 2020 along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, the footage from this camera car shows it arriving at the traffic lights to see that the lane on his right was stationary even though his lane was moving. As the lights went green, he must have wondered why the first lane remained stuck.
Upon reaching the stop line, we could see why as a kind-hearted Traffic Police officer could be seen helping an elderly cross the road. The lady would have taken some time to cross as the lights had already turned red before she even had time to reach the other side of the road.
Naturally, neitzens were full of praise for Mr. TP officer on some Facebook pages ...
Should the LTA re-design this section of the CTE?
Posted on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page is this footage following a chain collision on the Central Tunnel Expressway, which supposedly happened just last evening (24 November 2020), right before the exit towards Upper Serangoon Road (headed towards the City).
From what we can tell from the video, it looks like up to six vehicles where involved in the accident, including one tipper lorry! (watch from the start of the video)
Netizens seem to be in agreement about the danger of the road layout along this section of the CTE...
What do you guys think? Is a re-design in order? Should a highway even allow so many cars to be crisscrossing each other to begin with? Should the section of the PIE that follows after (prior to the exit onto the KPE) be looked into as well? Tell us below!
Helllooo nieces & nephews, uncle Koba here. Today we are going to talk about a bizarre incident that happened at cantonment road.
A BlueSG car has decided to go green and head-on with a fire hydrant. Fuiyoh! His way of making an e-brake is extreme yo.
But uncle Koba approve. Very swift. Very precise. All the way go head-on without any hesitation.
So without much further ado, I present you BlueSG vs Fire Hydrant.
Very impressive. I give that to BlueSG. The car still looks intact.
Let's see some of the comments on social media. 😂
Yes. BlueSG car must "go green". You are right. 😂
I also wonder. Who won. Hmm.. 🤔
Version 2.0 - BlurSG
Fuiyoh! This one funny. This one, not a hydrogen car. Cannot charge with water yo.
And recently, @Turboflat4 have quote this very funny thing about BlueSG driver and I find it makes perfect sense.
Don't you all agree? 😅
Drive safe nieces and nephews! Don't suka suka (anyhow) go head-on fire-hydrant ya!
Is this another case of drivers having ego issues? Or was the driver of the Toyota Hiace simply not paying attention?
Posted on SG Road Vigilante's Facebook page is this video of two drivers exiting into the KPE via a merging lane.
We have no idea why would either driver would allow such a silly accident to happen to themselves. In our reckoning, the accident probably happened at less than 20km/h with the Hiace mini van slowing going into the rear of the Hyundai Elantra as the lane merges into a single one.
Is the trouble of needing to waste time and money to get both vehicles repaired worth it? We think not. Giving way to the other vehicle and/or paying attention on the road is a way smarter option in our opinion...
Nope, you didn't wake up in the world of Grand Theft Auto. There was indeed, a plane on the highway!
Wondering what's happening? No this isn't a publicity stunt or a movie scene. Those with a sharp eye might notice that it happened on the North-South Highway in Malaysia.
This plane ended up on the side of the expressway due to an emergency landing after experiencing some technical difficulties - the pilots heard a small explosion from the plane engine. Wah, if its me I confirm pray to all the gods liao, hear explosion while in the air... this one not tyre puncture wor.
This private plane was en-route from Seletar Airport to Melaka, operated by two Singaporean pilots. You might be wondering, why they can go Malaysia with the current COVID situation. But it seems that private planes are still allowed to fly out of Singapore, but they will be subjected to the destination country's COVID restrictions.
But ah, end of the day, the pilots really very zai sia, although the highway looks really wide, the plane easily take up all the lanes already.
If I'm the one flying the plane, confirm become like this one:
Say hello to Lego's latest Technic model, an 830-piece remake of the McLaren Senna GTR.
The model apes McLaren's famed attention to detail, sporting the actual car's beautiful aerodynamic curves, the same one-of-a-kind blue livery, as well as a V8 engine with moving pistons.
And apparently, the same wicked doors that are a signature of the McLaren brand since the F1.
Of course, just like all 75 examples of the real-life car, your Lego model will be exquisitely hand-built.
The McLaren Senna GTR Lego model will launch globally on 1 January 2021 at LEGO.com and all participating McLaren dealers.
"Just like the incredible engineers at McLaren do when designing their supercars, we really pushed things to the max so the resulting model perfectly honours the art form that is the McLaren Senna GTR," Uwe Wabra, Senior Designer, Lego Technic.
For ages 10 and up.
What do you guys think? This or the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender?
Why You Should Replace Your Serpentine Belt Before It Breaks.
You wear a lot of hats if you are a boss, a father, a son, a chef, a technician (when your wife yell at you about a spoiled light bulb) and the list goes on. Your car's engine wears more than one hat, too. It offers, of course, the power to drive your vehicle. Yet other tasks are still performed by it. The engine must produce electricity, for example.
It must also assist with power steering, control its own temperature, and when it is hot outside, keep occupants cool inside.
What is a serpentine belt?
The serpentine belt is a long winding rubber belt that snakes around pulleys linked to each of the engine accessories, the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and maybe the water pump. The timing belt is a long, winding, rubber belt. The timing belt is spun by the engine crankshaft and in turn, turns, or' drives', the attachments, also called a fan belt, alternator belt, or accessory drive belt. Older cars depended on numerous drive belts, but the automobiles of today(usually depend on only one, the serpentine belt.) Depending on the make and model of your car, truck, or SUV, most manufacturers recommend routine inspection of the serpentine belt and replacement anywhere from 100k to 150k kilometres. To avoid loss or breakage when driving, the belt should be adjusted as part of your normal preventative maintenance plan.
But what if that one belt does break? What happens to the engine or the accessories? And what if it breaks while you are on the road?
If the serpentine belt breaks
Since the serpentine belt is the only component that drives the engine accessories, you can imagine that the accessories are not going to work without it. Since the compressor does not pump, the air conditioning will not operate. As the pump is not working either the power steering would fail. And the electrical device will die as soon as the battery dies from the alternator's lack of power. If the serpentine belt powers the water pump (it is also operated by the timing belt), the engine might overheat as well. In short, the vehicle will stop working.
So, what if when you are driving on the lane, it breaks? Losing air conditioning is uncomfortable in the middle of the day.
It is a little more serious to lose power steering.
The steering wheel suddenly becomes hard to turn when the serpentine belt fails, and the steering mechanism no longer has power assist.
No notice is issued that the wheel is about to go from easy to difficult.
If you are in the centre of an intersection when it happens, it can be a real danger.
And so, does the electrical system when the alternator stops working. The engine is shut down the power brake assist is gone.
So, you are out of harm's way if the serpentine belt splits when you are in your driveway. Otherwise, you could be in for a dilemma.
Can I tell if my serpentine belt is compromised?
As part of a normal maintenance plan, the safest way to make sure your serpentine belt is in good condition is to get it inspected periodically.
In order to assess how much life it has left, a mechanic may check the belt for wear and use a special scale.
Whenever it is worn beyond the recommendations of the manufacturer or if it shows signs of glazing or cracking, it should be replaced.
Symptoms that can alert a driver to a failing belt are also present.
A squealing sound may be an indication of either a worn or glazed belt or a pulley that seizes up and causes the belt to slip, especially when the engine is first launched.
Not only the belt but also the pulleys on each of the powered parts, as well as the idler and tensioner pulleys, will be tested by a car mechanic who helps to correctly route the belt and maintain stable tension. If any of these parts show signs of damage, wear, or misalignment, they should be replaced.
So review your maintenance schedule to find out how frequently it is expected to replace the serpentine belt.
And have a mechanic routinely test it. Many hats are worn by your car, and they can't take them off. That means that when it comes to caring for the one aspect that binds them all together, you can't be too careful.
WD40 Specialist Automotive Belt Dressing
There is also belt dressing that you can help with the maintenance of your serpentine belt. It’s specially formulated to penetrate the chord fibres to restore flexibility and pliability to your car’s belts, which will provide better grip and traction for all types of belts.
Now we bet the the driver of this truck will be regretting really hard about driving after having some drinks.
Spotted on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page and some of our Whatsapp group chats, is this video of a trailer truck crashing into an HDB block at Block 152 Yung Ho Road. It happened on 16 Nov 2020.
Thankfully, the tree that the truck knocked down managed to stop it from crashing into one of the first level HDB unit. Rest In Peace, tree...
The truck driver has since been arrested for drunk driving.
Netizens' comments were naturally not kind to the truck driver...
Hello nieces and nephews, Uncle Koba here! 🤡
With the great success of my brother Uncle Roger talking about egg fried rice, which you can check out if you have never watched before. I will be regularly sharing funny and stupid clips regarding our local motorists who cannot drive or don't deserve to drive. I look exactly like my brother, uncle Roger, so these are my memes. Okay. let's begin todays video.
Today we have a Mercedes-Benz GLA 180 in silver reversing just because he was on the wrong lane.
Wrong lah, wrong lane lah. Singapore how big? If you miss this junction, there is an 86.43% chance that the next junction can do U-turn and go back where you want to go. Singapore government spend so much money on our road, so many scholars, you stupid never mind, can just follow what the scholar has told you.
They have so many road signs for you to follow. Why you never follow?
*Sorry, not the best illustration. (But this is funny 😂)
I am very surprised that this Mercedes driver managed to pull this stunt without any disturbance or obstruction given that he made the manoeuvre in a four lane road. (I think is at Chinatown).
Okay. for this, I give it to him.
This video was found on My Grandfather's Road, I must give them 110 points for post-editing effect. I like the voiceover part. If you guys want to watch can watch here. 😂
Okay, end of my blog. For more entertaining accident/incident you all can share, comment or contribute at Singapore reckless drivers thread