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Malaysia Ranks 8th Most Stressful Country To Drive In

Malaysia Ranks 8th Most Stressful Country To Drive In

The study ranked each country based on four factors: number of speed cameras, road quality, number of fatal accidents and number of cars on the road.

Adeline Leong

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If you’ve been complaining about how stressful it is to drive in Malaysia, your views are now validated by a ranking published by, a UK-based financial services comparison platform specialising in comparing insurance and financial services.

The factors taken into consideration to come up with the overall score are:

  • Road quality
  • Number of speed cameras
  • Fatal accidents per country population
  • Number of cars per KM of road

Each country is scored out of 100 for each factor and then the average score out of 100 is calculated to rank the countries. also used several different sources, from the World Health Organisation to the World Economic Forum, to rank countries on each factor.

How did Malaysia do?

Do you feel the stress yet? Credit: Malay Mail.

Results show that Malaysia is the eighth most stressful country to drive in, with an overall score of 72 out of 100.

Here’s how Malaysia fared under each factor:

  • One speed camera for every KM of the road: 995.88
  • Road quality: 72.4
  • Fatal accidents per 100,000 population: 22.93
  • Number of cars per KM of road: 91.5

Number one on the most stressful list is occupied by the United Arab Emirates due to the immense traffic on the roads and the highest number of fatal accidents per population.

What about our Southeast Asian neighbours?

Singapore ranked 17th on the list but scored a lower fatal accident score (2.51) as compared to Malaysia (22.93).

Meanwhile, the Philippines and Thailand ranked 13th and 27th respectively.

Top 3 least stressful countries to drive in

Denmark, Japan and Finland ranked as the three least stressful countries to drive in. Each country scored under 28 out of 100, scoring particularly low in each factor.

Top 10 countries with the most speed cameras

Where’s the camera? Credit: Malay Mail

Speed cameras are put in place to help keep other road users safe. However, the number of speed traps can also add to the driving stress on an already hectic lifestyle.

These are the countries that have the most speed cameras on the road:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. UAE
  3. Singapore
  4. Turkey
  5. Belgium
  6. Italy
  7. Czech Republic
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Austria
  10. Bulgaria

Top 10 nations with the worst quality of roads

Potholes, potholes everywhere. Credit: Malay Mail

Most road users will complain about potholes and it seems to be a problem experienced worldwide. Poor road quality can endanger other road users and make the driving experience hellish.

These are the countries that ranked highly for poor road quality:

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Romania
  3. Brazil
  4. Peru
  5. Colombia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Argentina
  8. Philippines
  9. Iran
  10. Czech Republic

Top 10 countries with the most fatal accidents

More road accidents are likely to happen when there are more cars on the road. Thus, it’s not a surprise to see the United Arab Emirates and India topping the list of most fatal accidents.

These are the countries that scored high for most fatal accidents:

  1. UAE
  2. India
  3. Chile
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Turkey
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Netherlands
  9. Thailand
  10. South Africa

You can check out the full list at Meanwhile, remember to drive safe always.

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