Malaysian Driving Manners versus the World

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Have you ever come across bad drivers in Malaysia and think about how different it would have been if you were driving in another country? Some people might think Malaysians have bad driving habits however; we do have some manners that we can be proud of.

Here are a comparison of driving manners of Malaysians and people of different countries – a few of which we should take examples from.

  • Using your Signal lights to say Thank You in Japan

In Japan, drivers who just merged into a lane would often say thank you to the drivers behind them for giving way by blinking both their signal lights twice.

While people are slowly trying to adapt a similar approach in Malaysia, we often just do our best to merge when there’s no car behind still. However, during heavy traffic, Malaysians have an unspoken rule of taking turns for merging into lanes. Sometimes, Malaysian drivers would also raise their hand up as a sign of saying thank you.

  • In Australia, A bike gets one lane like a car does

There are no bike lanes in Australia so when a bike is cruising down a freeway or a small road, it gets the entire lane just as a car typically does so you will never see a bike riding next to a car on the street. When a bike is attempting to overcome a vehicle, it will have to switch lanes like a car does too.

In Malaysia, bikes typically rides in between car lanes which can sometime cause difficulties when cars are trying to switch lanes. However, most Malaysian highways are equipped with bike lanes.

  • In Vietnam, Vehicles gets right of way over Pedestrians

In Vietnam, no cars or bikes will stop for Pedestrians even on the Zebra crossing. If you want to cross a street in Vietnam, you will have to stop for incoming vehicle no matter how slow they are driving. In other words, crossing a street in Vietnam takes a lot of focus, guts and speed.

In Malaysia, there are plenty of Zebra Crossing and Overhead bridges for Pedestrians and when driving through smaller streets, Malaysian drivers are very considerate to give ways to Pedestrians.

  • It is common to nudge into cars to fit into parking spaces in France
Parking in Paris — bumper to bumper!

If you are parking in France and you forget to pull your handbrake up, you might come back to find a scratch on your car and that its position has since moved. Because of the tight spaces, nudging other people’s car is common practices.

In Malaysia, double parking is common practice especially in a heavily populated area. However, most Malaysian would leave their number on the dashboard for the car owner of the car that is being blocked to call.

  • In South Africa, a high beam is used to warn the car drivers infront.
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If someone uses their high beam in South Africa, they are either trying to warn you of a speed camera, police check or an accident in front.

In Malaysia, high beams can mean different things. If you are driving on the fast lanes and someone flashes their light, it means you are driving too slowly and you need to switch lanes. If you are trying to merge lanes or exit and a car in front flashes their light, it means they are giving you permission to merge/exit first.


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