The Chinese have many beliefs. It is believed mankind at birth has to go through the hands of a “Registrar of Births”. Likewise, upon a person’s demise, he has to pass through the hands of the “Registrar of Deaths”.

Once, a driver was late for his appointment, very late in fact, in his anxiety to reach his scheduled appointment, unfortunately he met an accident and died. When his soul reached the “Registrar of Deaths”, the Registrar commented “this man is reporting to me 85 years too early. He should be reporting only in 2085, not now”.

The “maxim” of this story is simply this. It is better to be late 5 minutes in this world, than to be reporting 85 years too early in the next world.



My English teachers related this story to me when I was in lower secondary classes. Until today, the story remains vividly in my mind.

Next, lets move on to the topic of today, which is about the 6 main causes of accidents in Malaysia.

1) The driver.

Drivers can end up being the main cause. Those who are tired, sleepy and feeling emotional should in fact not be driving at all. Likewise, those who have consumed alcohol and drugs should also abstain from driving as well.

Those on medication shouldn’t drive also. Drivers should refrain from overtaking at dangerous places. Try to be patient and understanding while driving.

And finally, attempt to follow road rules and regulations always.

2) Condition of the roads.

Road conditions contribute a great deal towards causing accidents. How fast we drive should commensurate with road conditions.

Reduce speed if it’s raining and roads are slippery. Raining also causes “hydroplaning”, which is extremely dangerous.

Tyre conditions and brakes play a major role in determining how fast we should drive in the rain.

3) Condition of the car.

Another factor which can cause accidents is the condition of the car itself. The brakes, lights, signals lights and horn all have to be checked, not forgetting tyre and wipers too. Ensure also that seat belts are worn too.

4) The weather condition.

Rain and sometimes heavy fog and dew, especially during early morning and late evening have been reported as being causes for many accidents. Try coming down in the middle of the night from Genting Highlands Resort and you’ll surely know what I mean.

5) Strong light reflections.

Reflections from the sun and head lights from on coming cars have been reported as being causes of many accidents. The latest white and blinding headlights now currently being used by many vehicles, is yet another source of accidents.

6) The traffic.

When roads are congested, more accidents tend to happen. Rush hours, like early mornings, lunch hours and dismissal times are most likely for accidents to happen.

So be extra careful during these times. Accidents tend to happen in places such as schools, factory areas and shopping centres too.

While going back for Raya celebration, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations, traffic is extremely heavy and congested. Be careful and you should have no problem reaching home safely!