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 has emerged among the fairer sex, said Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation analyst Kamal Affandi Hashim.
“Based on what we can see, the attitude of male drivers has improved but women are getting more aggressive.
“Hence, the number of women involved in accidents is on the rise,” he said.
He, however, did not state statistics.
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.
“Drivers who are aggressive, emotional and distracted while driving are dangerous.
“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 here yesterday.
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.
“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,” said Dr Ahmad.
He said it was easier for people to change their attitudes than for enforcement bodies to step in.
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.