Every seasoned Malaysian car driver has a story about a motorcyclist that has gotten on their bad side. The stories tend to start with little things, but quickly move along to acts that are almost criminal.
Here’s a list of Malaysian drivers’ pet peeves, where motorcyclists are concerned:
- Riding on the fast lane, but at slow speed.
- Riding on the highway middle lane, but at slow speed.
- Hitting our car side view mirror and riding away without a care in the world.
- Waiting at a traffic light junction right in front, but seem to be daydreaming when the lights turn green.
- Riding in housing areas without helmets.
- Allowing their children to ride pillion without helmets, while they wear a helmet.
- Beating traffic lights at junctions and we have to swerve or brake to avoid hitting them.
- The fact that if they hit us, we are still in trouble because they are a smaller vehicle.
- Big bike convoys who take over the fast lane on the highway and have “marshalls” who pretend to be police outriders and make car drivers move aside on the open highway to make way for them.
- The bike rider who hits us, and then pretends he is hurt. Only, when we lodge a police report, we find out the bike plate number is from a stolen bike and the rider is a foreigner with no legal documents.
If this list is missing anything, feel free to let us know and we will consider expanding it.
Thank you for not being one of these motorcyclists.