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It’s good news for us Malaysians, as Waze has listed Malaysia to be the best place to drive in the ASEAN region, according to a report by The Star. On a global level however, the country ranked 23 out of 38 countries in Waze’s second annual Driver Satisfaction Index, which measures overall drivers’ experiences.

The index focuses on more than 20,000 monthly active users among 235 cities and towns. It measures six factors – density of traffic, quality of roads and infrastructure, road safety, availability of driver services, socio economics and “Wazeyness” (happiness and thankfulness of Waze users).

Malaysia is one of four ASEAN countries featured in the index, with the others being Singapore (32), Indonesia (34) and the Philippines (37). From a local perspective, Central Malacca was the highest ranked Malaysian city at 94 (out of 235) for driver satisfaction, followed by Kuala Terengganu (97), Kuala Muda (105), Kota Baru (124) and Kuching (131).

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Proceeding further, we find Kuantan (134), Kuala Lumpur (137), Kinta (138), Batu Pahat (139), Johor Baru (140), Kota Kinabalu (164) and Larut and Matang (166). Coming in at last place as the worst place to drive in the world is the city of Cebu in the Philippines.

“Generally we (Malaysians) are not really satisfied. Overall the results show that Malaysians are right in the middle of the ranking,” said Waze Malaysia’s sales manager Edward Ling Sieak Meeng, who added that drivers here were “neither too happy nor too dissatisfied” with driving conditions.

The index revealed that Malaysians are most satisfied about road quality, but are mostly unhappy with the availability of driver services such as access to petrol stations and parking facilities. There you have it folks, Malaysia is the best place to drive in the ASEAN region. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments section down below.