Can you avoid Road Rage?

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 19 August 2019


Can you avoid being a victim of Road Rage?

Will you be able to identify a potential road rager? It might save your life because road rage is an explosion of temporary insanity which is unpredictable and therefore to be avoided.

You might want to know that there are about 2.4 million daily drivers on Malaysian road who are potentially road ragers according to a five year study from 2009 by Karen Goonting from the Malaysian Institute for Road Safety Research (MIROS).

And yet Road Rage is not as terrible as it could be seeing as how Malaysia is such a diverse nation —  it reinforces the slogan Unity in Diversity.

Yet we shouldn’t take it for granted and let’s try to avoid it by learning how to avoid trouble.

Some of the clues to identify a potential road rager and to be treated with car would include:

  1. The driver would be a male millennial (20 years – 50 years of age).
  2. The car he drives would be an indicator where it was affixed with territorial stickers ie stickers that display membership or affiliations with NGO’s including car communities.
  3. The driver of a car with customized exterior and illegal modifications such as tyres protruding from the wheel well are also indicators.

According to the MIROS study, one of the definitions of Road Ragers is that they are High Anger Drivers who lose their temper and act provocatively on the road 642 times over an average of 300 driving days a year.

Malaysian drivers are three to four times angrier than drivers in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey.

These discourteous acts include queue jumping, refusing to give way, failing to indicate, and double and triple parking.

A medical definition of road rage provided by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is Intermittant Explosive Disorder.

What is important for us drivers is to remember that we have a duty of care to each other. So keeping your cool and remaining focused to arriving safely at the destination is what you should remind yourself on every car trip.

As for the authorities and agencies, the enforcement of the laws from the softie Section 427 of the Penal Code upwards to common laws on assault and battery seem to be well publicized.

For cases of drivers of powerful Express Buses bullying passenger cars by tailgating, it would be good if the Ministry of Transport under YB Anthony Loke drafts a law where tailgating is defined as predatory driving and an offence punishable with a maximum five years in jail.

Road Rage as a term originated in the United States from anchors at a television station in Los Angeles, California, when a rash of freeway shootings occurred on multiple freeways and interstates from 1987.


I think that not enough weight is given to female versions of Road Ragers. Some of them don’t give way: they avoid eye contact because they don’t want to be bullied by male drivers. What do you think? Would you be able to identify a potential road rager, male or female?