Thursday, 18 March 2010

Women & Driving

Women drivers getting more aggressive, says analyst.

GEORGE TOWN: Women drivers are getting more aggressive than their male counterparts, according to an analyst.

Based on the number of traffic summonses issued and court cases against women, a trend of aggressive driving among the fairer sex has emerged, Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation analyst Kamal Affandi Hashim said.

“Based on what we can see, the attitude of male drivers has improved but women are getting more aggressive. (Male are more benevolent nowadays due to women's suppression? hahaha)

“Hence, the number of women involved in accidents are on the rise,” he said. He, however, did not have statistics. (This is not the result of aggressive driving, but more of don't know how to drive well and lack skills)

Noting that the attitude of drivers was the main cause of road accidents, Kamal said it was crucial for road users to practise defensive driving. (Attitude and skills Kamal. You ought to go experience driving in Cairo, a place where jokes of their driving are a known fact amongst the middle eastern etc. So does the Lebanese who'd drive fast but skillfull. So does the local here. One thing nice is you'll never find women or in rare case men, road-hogging. With skills, accident due to their 'aggressive driving' are hardly seen on their busy streets. Thus - it is skill that we're talking here. Not aggressiveness)

“Drivers who are aggressive, emotional and distracted while driving are dangerous. (Been there, done that....and so far, I thank God and my driving experience!)

“Most people will, at one time or another, feel like strangling their fellow drivers but it becomes a criminal act when you follow up on that intention with an aggressive act (such as chasing after a vehicle),” he said at the Rakan Trafik@USM road safety campaign at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah said Malaysians generally felt that they were “Superman” and would never end up as an accident casualty. (Among small cars especially Kancil and modified local cars driven by low-esteemed drivers that feel that they are as good as Schumacher!! Go to Kadir Jasin blog on this last year, and you will see what type of cars that will be driven by 'superman' on Malaysia roads. )

“It’s their attitudes that cause accidents. The think they are invincible, not even wanting to wear safety belts.

“Perhaps it’s ego. They just want to be faster and better than the next driver,” Dr Ahmad said. (Cause they are driving small cars and felt challenged, perhaps? Sorry folks...but this is fact, although not being confimed officially-- wait until Miros did this particular study on them. Just like how motorist felt against drivers. Of course, while not wanting to reserve my comments, I have to state here that NOT all share the same thought)

He said it was easier for people to change their attitudes than for enforcement bodies to step in as it was costly and time consuming.

He added that Miros was working with several insurance companies to reward “good drivers” but the plan would have to get the approval of Bank Negara. (Hmmm much I wonder? And what kind of expenditure will it be accounted for in the yearly budget of the entity concerned....)

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