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Have You Survived the 6 Most Dangerous Roads in Malaysia?
Malaysia – the beautiful country of the Petronas Twin Towers, white sandy beaches, and lovely food. Unfortunately, it is not all roses.
We also happen to possess some of the most dangerous roads, ranking third worldwide behind Thailand and South Africa with a death rate of 23 per 100,000 population. According to statistics from the Ministry of Transport, a total of 400,788 accidents were recorded in the first nine months of 2017 leading to 6,083 road deaths.
With the rising number of vehicles on the road, the Ministry of Transport’s Road Safety Plan (2014 – 2020) also failed in targeting a 50% decline to the number of deaths caused by road accidents. Instead, the total number of deaths due to road accidents have gone up year after year.
No need to be anxious! We are here for you to sum up six of the most dangerous roads of Malaysia. GoBear lived to tell the tale!
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1. Pan Borneo Highway
With a length of 1,077km, the Federal Route 1 is the largest component of the larger Pan Borneo Highway network. Combined with the Sabahan counterpart, it forms the longest federal highway of Malaysia. Total length? 1,503km.
Not only is it the longest federal highway, but it’s also the most notorious highway concerning fatal accidents. In spite of some sections already been upgraded to divided highways, it remains notorious for its deplorable conditions in many sections.
2. The Lipis-Merapoh Highway
This road is known for the terrible bus accident back in 2003 which killed 14 people due to human error. According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the bus drivers neglected advice and warning signs when two buses collided with each other near the Pahang-Kelantan border.
Studies by the Malaysian Institute Road Safety Research (MIROS) shows that 80.6% of road accidents are caused by human error. Many other accidents have taken place here since, making this road one of the most dangerous roads of Malaysia.
3. Simpang Pulai-Kuala Berang Highway (Federal route 185)
Famed for its many sharp corners, the Simpang Pulai-Kuala Berang Highway runs through four states in the Peninsular: Perak, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. If you’re departing from KL and making your way to the beautiful Cameron Highlands, you’ll face some difficult manoeuvres for vehicle drivers.
Due to the steep slope many drivers tend to exceed the speed limit resulting in hair-raising risky situations. 25 Thai tourists lost their lives back in 2010 when the driver of the double-decker bus they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle and crashed through the divider before overturning.
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4. Karak Highway
The well-known spiraling Karak Highway has several shocking accidents to its name and is responsible for two the biggest crashes known to this country. Going back in time – 1990 to be exact – an accident involving more than a dozen vehicles close by the Genting Sempah Tunnel in Gombak resulted in 17 people losing their lives, many more were injured and causing a jam which lasted for several hours.
If this wasn’t enough, in 2013 a bus drove into a 60m ravine at Genting Highlands causing the death of 37 people, leaving another 16 injured. A report published by the government stated that the accident was caused by speeding and bad brakes.
Fatal accidents aside, there have also been several landslide incidents that blocked the highway on numerous occasions. If this still isn’t dreadful enough for you, what if we told you that the Karak Highway is frequently associated with being haunted?! Then again, you probably already knew that.
5. The North-South Expressway
Being a major highway artery of the peninsular, the North-South Expressway faces countless vehicles – especially during the festive season. An estimated 1.6 million vehicles used this highway to return to their hometowns for the recent Chinese New Year celebrations.
The specific stretch between Rawang and Simpang Pulai recorded the highest increase in road users with an increase of between 127 and 145 percent.
Unsurprisingly, bus crashes seems to be the order of the day along the North-South Expressway as well. Between only 2008 and 2010, 38 people were killed involved in bus crashes.
6. The Federal Highway
To top off this list, we would like to highlight the Federal Highway, which is a favorite amongst illegal car and motorcycle racers especially when night falls. Even though the Malaysian motorcycle market is has declined over the last five years, there are still over 12 million motorcycles registered within Malaysia. With its dark, narrow roadways and challenging sharp turns, these poorly maintained lanes ask for trouble.
We hope that GoBear is the only bear that crosses your road. Be safe, get covered! Let us help you to compare for the best car insurances that suits your protective needs. Till then, safe travels and keep your eyes open on the road!
Fact: Most fatal accidents happen during the festive seasons when all vehicles hit the road for family occasions. Make sure you are well-rested, fit, and alert.
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