If you are a Malaysian driver or have at any point been behind the wheel in the country, you will no doubt agree that being on our roads can sometimes be a pretty harrowing experience. From gridlock traffic to motorcycles weaving between lanes, as well as dreaded pickup trucks speeding on the fast lane and of course, the unpredictable antics of your local King of The Highway, some may even go so far as to describe of being on Malaysian roads as stressful.
UK company ranks some of the most stressful countries to drive in
And if you have ever thought of it as such, you may not actually be alone as Malaysia has been declared as one of the Most Stressful Countries to Drive In, according to United Kingdom-based financial services company, Confused.com. The company, which specialises in providing comparison services for insurance and financial products, has created the ranking based on a number of factors, including:
- Road quality
- Amount of speed cameras per kilometer of road
- Number of fatal accidents per 100,000 of each country’s population
- Number of vehicles per kilometer of road
Each country receives a score out of 100 for every factor considered, which is then averaged out of 100 to obtain the country’s ranking on the list. The company has also taken into account data and statistics obtained from reputable international organisations, such as the World Economic Forum, to obtain their rankings.
Here’s how we fared
And in the case of Malaysia, we have ranked 8 out of the top 10 most stressful countries to drive in, receiving an average score of 72 out of a possible 100. The breakdown of Malaysia’s scoring for each factor are as follows:
- Road quality: 72.4
- Amount of speed cameras per kilometer of road: 995.88
- Number of fatal accidents per 100,000 of each country’s population: 22.93
- Number of vehicles per kilometer of road: 91.5
This is in comparison to some of our Southeast Asian neighbors such as the Philippines and Singapore, both of which have ranked 13 and 17 respectively. Thailand on the other hand, ranks far lower on the list at number 27. The United Arab Emirates tops the rankings as being by far the most stressful country to drive in, owing to the fact that it had the highest number of fatal accidents on their roads.
As for the least stressful countries to drive in, look towards Japan, Finland, and Denmark, which have been ranked number 47, 48 and 49 respectively. Both Finland and Denmark scored only 27 out of a possible 100, where on-the-road stress is concerned.
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