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PETALING JAYA: Keeping cool will soon be a new component in the curriculum for learner drivers, said the Malaysian Road Safety Department.
According to its director-general, Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah, the component on managing emotions is necessary in light of various reports of road rage on our roads.
Speaking to reporters in Penang, Dr Tam said it is imperative that motorists drive in a calm manner.
“Keep your cool. Don’t escalate the matter, because once you lose it, you can get emotional,” he said, adding that an emotionally unstable motorist is a risk to those around them.
“This new module by the Road Transport Department will be launched either this year or the next,” he said in response to news reports that the bus driver was in an agitated state shortly before crashing.
Some survivors of the crash have accused the bus driver, who was also killed in the crash, of driving recklessly after a confrontation with a car driver earlier.
Several witnesses said they saw the driver exchanging angry words with the car driver before he started driving as if he had “a death wish”.
Meanwhile, mental health professionals say even the most calm and reasonable person can sometimes turn into a monster behind the wheel when provoked.
According to neuropsychologist Dr Nivashinie Mohan, these drivers yell, make obscene gestures, horn incessantly, as well as weave recklessly in traffic, endangering not only their lives but also that of others.
“How do you respond when someone cuts you off while you’re driving on the highway or steals your parking space? Do you take a deep breath and move on or horn and then keep going? Or do you horn repeatedly, swear, chase after the person and scream out the window?” she asked.
However, Dr Nivashinie said angry drivers were not necessarily “angry” all the time.
“They are provoked by circumstances and choose to respond with anger, while others in the same situation do not let the triggers affect them and move on,” she said.
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