Malaysia needs orderly traffic management system

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to come up with a more orderly system or coordination in dealing with traffic jams to reduce the level of stress currently felt by motorists.

The president of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association, Dr Hazli Zakaria, said this coordination included finding an appropriate time for roadblocks and maintenance work.

He said that as part of efforts to improve the country’s current handling of the issue, Malaysia could emulate Singapore’s efficient system in creating a conducive driving experience for its people.

“Many factors have been identified to contribute to increased stress levels when driving in this country, including being forced to face roadblocks by authorities who have narrowed lanes and also a poor timing in the implementation of maintenance work.

“All of this will affect the endurance of Malaysians or their ability to drive, so there must be a user-friendly management system,” he told Bernama when asked to comment on a study from an international platform. Confused.com recently, which revealed that Malaysia was in eighth place as the most stressful country for driving, with an overall score of 72 out of 100.

At the same time, Dr Hazli hoped that drivers could also improve their driving habits by doing careful planning and preparation before starting their journey to avoid the risk of stressful driving.

According to him, while Malaysia has good road quality compared to other Southeast Asian countries, unfortunately the stress levels when driving here are higher.

“Driving etiquette is important because we often see situations where motorists are reckless on the road, weaving between vehicles, changing lanes without signaling, or using the emergency lane for no good reason.

“This situation can lead to risky driving or stress other road users and not control their emotions, causing them to act uncontrollably on the road,” he said.

Meanwhile, the director general of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), Datuk Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, said the stress felt by motorists was also linked to problems in the workplace, at financial situation, health, age, gender and purpose of travel. .

He said motorists also feel burdened with monitoring for hazards while driving, such as watching for pedestrians, junctions and difficult road conditions.

“There are five categories of stress identified among road users in Malaysia, namely aggressiveness, driving aversion, risk watchfulness, proneness to fatigue and thrill seeking.

“For example, aggressiveness indicates an attitude or behavior of motorists who are easily upset in the face of a driving incident, especially among male drivers,” he said, adding that driving aversion is related to the level of confidence, while the issue of anxiety when driving is more likely to be experienced by female drivers.

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