Zutobi, a driver's education portal has revealed their list of Safest Countries To Drive In, as well as their list of Most Dangerous Countries To Drive In. If you didn't read the title, which list would you guess Malaysia would fall under?
In order to determine which countries in the world are the safest to drive in and vice versa, the calculation of the results factored in these five indicators, which are:
1. Estimated road traffic death rate (per 100,000 population)
2. Maximum motorway speed limit (kph)
3. Seat-belt wearing rate (front seat)
4. Road traffic deaths attributed to alcohol
5. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit for drivers (g/dl)
According to the results, Malaysia sits among the ten worst countries to drive in, specifically on the 8th, with an overall score of 5.63. Although statistically, Malaysia has a death rate of 22.5 individuals per 100,000, our country surprisingly scores the lowest in the amount of alcohol-related road traffic deaths, at just 0.1%.
Other countries we're sharing our "throne" with include Thailand, the United States, Argentina, India, Croatia, and South Africa, which ranks as the most dangerous country in the world to drive in.
On the other hand, Norway has been throned as the country with the safest road to drive in, followed by Iceland, Japan, Hungary, Moldova, among others.
Is this what we want to be globally known for?
All things considered, what does it say about the safety of our roads in Malaysia? Among the aspects of infrastructure, road safety awareness, and quality of facilities, which of these factors do we specifically lack, and what can we do to improve?
Let's talk about it in the comment section!