Apparently, there is a way to gauge how happy a driver is behind the wheel, other than rants on social media and countless cases of road rage.
Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, shared the results of its annual global Driver Satisfaction Index, which "analyzes the driving experience of millions of monthly active Waze users in 39 countries and 217 metros to create a single numeric score," from most (10) to least (1) satisfied.
To guarantee precise and impartial findings, the survey was conducted on countries with more than 40,000+ monthly active users. And one of the places that has the most miserable drivers? The Philippines.
Pinoy motorists lagged behind Australians, Malaysians, Singaporeans, and Indonesians, citing "unhappiness with traffic jam length, commute time, and helpfulness of the driving community" as reasons for bad trips.
Overall driving experience is usually based on a single quantifiable attribute, but Waze broke it down into six qualitative and quantitative factors:
2. Quality (road quality and infrastructure), which is evident in the MMDA's inconvenient road reblocking and repairs.
3. Road safety (density of accidents, road hazards and weather). Driving in the country is definitely not for the faint of heart.
4. Driver services (access to gas stations and easy parking). Every street is a parking lot.
5. Socio economic (access to cars and impact of gas prices). Primary reason for the daily gridlock: vehicle density and volume.
6. Wazeyness (happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community). Good luck with that.
Here are more results:
-In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has been ranked as the best place to drive (number 21 globally). Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines are ranked 30, 36 and 39 respectively.
-In contrast, Singapore is among the top five countries with the best driver services worldwide, thanks to efficient access to gas stations and easy parking. Russia, Argentina, Hungary and United States rounded out the top five.
-Globally, Venezuela is the only country with a 10 on the happiness index; Singapore scored a 2.3.
-European cities dominate the top of the overall index, occupying eight of the leading 10 spots.
No wonder the Philippines is home to short-tempered drivers and rude cabbies.