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On 12/4/2019 at 2:05 PM, lagavulin1 said:

I actually thought that the quality was improving despite my expectations of carnage due to the bigger bikes on the roads. My near death experiences seemed to be declining. I was wrong. Then came the food delivery drivers! 

Yes, the Food Panda, Grab, Line Man etc. are definitely something to watch out for. Riding at ridiculous speeds, weaving between traffic and shooting out of side streets like they are taking part in some crazy action movie.  

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Try this for size....the number of COLLISIONS AND CRASHES in UK and Thailand are about the same.

So why the discrepancies in deaths?

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13 hours ago, mike787 said:

just drive like they do...can't beat them, join them!

Or knock 'em down.

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57 minutes ago, Airbagwill said:

Try this for size....the number of COLLISIONS AND CRASHES in UK and Thailand are about the same.

So why the discrepancies in deaths?

Emergency services have a big part to play in this. 

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3 hours ago, GarryP said:

Emergency services have a big part to play in this. 

The situation is ROAD SAFETY - not just driving. It is quite clear that collisions happen all over the world - we also know what human error actually is and so one has to conclude that it is the severity of accidents and what happens AFTER that is in fact crucial to the death rate - for instance the positioning/planiting of trees etc next to roads and in the middle of the older dual catriageways. Once a vehicle has lost control, the occupants in Thailand are at a much higher risk than in Europe.

As you say the emergency services have to take a major slice of the action ere - in Thailand that are inconsistent, under-trained and under-equipped. .....and when you get to an A&E - after a much longer wait than in EU, the treatment you get will be a lottery, maybe even moving you form one hospital to another, depending on insurance or hospital facilities.

Also vehicle design, road design. road engineering and emergency services are factors all ignored by those who simplistically think that Thai people are a "race" of idiot drivers - they are just barking up the wrong tree, along with the Thai authorities who also don't have the vaguest idea of what road safety entails.

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On 12/2/2019 at 7:55 PM, Bournville said:

Yeh. This is nothing new. Just a rant. But for gosh sakes... Generally speaking Thai drivers of any motorized vehicle have sh$t for brains!

 

and what about foreigners riding a motorbike in this country, then keep complaining ?

 

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10 hours ago, Airbagwill said:
On 12/8/2019 at 8:32 PM, richard_smith237 said:

 

IF everyone who drives from the Airport to their home and sees fewer incidents in The UK than on the equivalent journey in Thailand, is this still confirmation bias?

 

Is it also confirmation bias is Thailands roads are more dangerous and more silly stuff does actually happen here?... or is it just confirmation, even if it is anecdotal?

 

I think you need to understand confirmation bias.

Anecdotal evidence is not evidence especially when dealing in large numbers.

 

 

In any one day in Thailand I see more 'dangerous driving' and more 'near misses' than I do in any one day when driving in the UK. 

 

My notion that it is more dangerous to ride a motorcycle in Thailand than the UK is based on observations of driving here for many years and not based on some 'racially motivated' negative bias of Thai's driving. 

 

Equally so, the bulk road fatality statistics (used earlier post #122 I think) suggest that driving a car in Thailand is safer than driving a car in the USA, given that other factors are not included in these bulk stats the suggestion was that driving a car in Thailand is a similarly risky endeavor to driving a car in the US. 

 

The same statistical analysis would suggest the UK is still safer than Thailand to drive a car. 

 

That I see more near misses and dangerous driving in Thailand than the UK also backs this up - this could be confirmation bias, or it could just be correct that there are more near misses and examples of dangerous driving in Thailand than in the UK. 

 

Are Thai's worse or better drivers? Place a Thai in the UK with the same UK driving education and sense of road safety through their UK upbringing and there would be no difference whatsoever. 

Place a British person in Thailand, give the British Person the same upbringing and driving education, sense of road safety etc as a Thai and again, there would be no difference. 

 

In fact we see many foreigners taking the same risks as Thai's on Thailands roads because of the lack of enforcement. I break more traffic rules in Thailand than I would in the UK because the enforcement and fines are stronger in the UK. 

 

This all contributes to Thailands roads being more dangerous - Conformation Bias? possibly, but is it bias if it's true?

 

Anecdotal evidence may not be meaningful evidence when regarding aggregate comparison, but that does not make all anecdotal evidence inaccurate.

 

I see more dangerous incidents on Thailands roads than I do on Britains Roads - ergo Thailand is a more dangerous place to drive. Call it confirmation bias or common sense, I don't think it's wrong. 

 

My point throughout this whole topic has been that Thailands roads are more dangerous than in the West, but not as dangerous as the statics suggest when evaluated on personal risk per mode of transport and certainly not sufficiently dangerous enough to prevent me from enjoying driving a car and riding a motorcycle here (in Bangkok).

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Airbagwill said:

The situation is ROAD SAFETY - not just driving. It is quite clear that collisions happen all over the world - we also know what human error actually is and so one has to conclude that it is the severity of accidents and what happens AFTER that is in fact crucial to the death rate - for instance the positioning/planiting of trees etc next to roads and in the middle of the older dual catriageways. Once a vehicle has lost control, the occupants in Thailand are at a much higher risk than in Europe.

As you say the emergency services have to take a major slice of the action ere - in Thailand that are inconsistent, under-trained and under-equipped. .....and when you get to an A&E - after a much longer wait than in EU, the treatment you get will be a lottery, maybe even moving you form one hospital to another, depending on insurance or hospital facilities.

Also vehicle design, road design. road engineering and emergency services are factors all ignored by those who simplistically think that Thai people are a "race" of idiot drivers - they are just barking up the wrong tree, along with the Thai authorities who also don't have the vaguest idea of what road safety entails.

 

It would be interesting to see the statistics outlining: 

 

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 km driven (in 4 wheeled vehicles)

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 people (in 4 wheeled vehicles)

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 vehicles (4 wheeled)

 

For USA, Thailand and the UK (just to start with). 

 

As you have mentioned, the issue is far more complex and multifaceted than simply improving driver education and better policing. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

It would be interesting to see the statistics outlining: 

 

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 km driven (in 4 wheeled vehicles)

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 people (in 4 wheeled vehicles)

- Number of accidents (collisions) per 100,000 vehicles (4 wheeled)

 

For USA, Thailand and the UK (just to start with). 

 

As you have mentioned, the issue is far more complex and multifaceted than simply improving driver education and better policing. 

 

 

These statistics are avaulabl3 in direct proportion to road death rates.

In the UK every accident stat is readily available ...in the USA they are their but the situation is muddied by different state systems and in Thailand the best is often educated guesswork.

Worth noting that USA mileages are much higher than most.

Most accidents occur less than 10km from home,

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Driven here for over 11 years, seen a lot of crazy things. I think it comes down to spatial awareness, you can see it when walking in a crowd here too. Something at a genetic level? going from farm lands/jungle to densely populated areas maybe takes a few generations. I still can’t believe it when I see a motorbike pull out of a side street and not even look for oncoming traffic.

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1 hour ago, SkyNets said:

I still can’t believe it when I see a motorbike pull out of a side street and not even look for oncoming traffic.

 

Hmmmm? Isn't there something about traffic on the right giving way?

 

As we all know this, isn't it called normal?

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1 hour ago, VocalNeal said:

Hmmmm? Isn't there something about traffic on the right giving way?

 

As we all know this, isn't it called normal?

Hmm, I meant on coming traffic from the same lane/direction as the bike/car is pulling into from a side street

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8 minutes ago, SkyNets said:

Hmm, I meant on coming traffic from the same lane/direction as the bike/car is pulling into from a side street

 

So pulling out from a side street into a main street? Ie turning left? 

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When I was growing up, we took drivers education courses. They showed us horrendous films, or semi trucks plowing into cars, and literally obliterating everything in their path. They also showed us graphic images of head on collisions. 120mph impacts. Even as a young kid, it made quite an impression. It was horrific, and it was hard to get those images out of your head afterwards. But, it left a lasting impression, and when I started driving, I understood it was serious business, and that it was a very dangerous thing to do.

 

I see people driving here, with their families in the car, and doing things, and taking the kinds of risks no rational or sane person with common sense would do. What for? To gain one minute? Why take those risks? What is the logic? Often, when I am cruising along at 100kph, someone cuts right in front of me. Or someone comes out from the side road, right in front of me. I have to slam on my brakes, or change lanes to avoid him. I look in my rearview mirror, and there is nobody behind me. So, if he had waited two seconds, he would have had completely safe passage onto the highway. What gives? Where is the intelligence, caution, and prudence? Where is the common sense? What about just the survival instinct? 

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