Are women drivers treated differently in Thailand?

Are women drivers treated differently in Thailand?

Recently, the position of Thai women in the labor market has improved a lot in comparison to the past as a result of modernization. In 2011, Thailand ranked 69th out of 143 countries in the Gender Inequality Index. Despite these improvements, there are still some areas where gender inequality exists in Thailand. For example, women are more likely to be found in lower-paying jobs and occupations than men. In addition, women also face obstacles when trying to access education and training opportunities. As a result of these factors, the gender pay gap in Thailand is still relatively high. However, it is important to note that the situation is improving and that Thai women are gradually gaining more equality in the workplace.

However when it comes to driving Thailand’s insurance system is designed so inequality can’t really happen. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. First of all, any insurance company in Thailand considers both men and women to be high-risk drivers. This is because statistics show that both genders are equally likely to get into accidents. In addition, because you insure the car itself the parameters considered for insurance are more vehicle driven.

For example, a person who owns and drives a sportscar is considered to be high-risk regardless of his gender.

Therefore, it can be said that Thai women are not treated differently when it comes to car insurance. Both genders are seen as high-risk drivers and are charged equally for coverage.

Why are all drivers high risk?

Traffic rules are designed to keep everyone safe on the road, but in reality, they don’t always work the same way in every country. In Thailand, for example, traffic rules are often ignored or broken due to cultural and developmental factors. This can make driving in Thailand a dangerous proposition for those who are not familiar with the local customs.

Thai people have a tendency to bend (or break) the rules, so in daily practice, traffic rules are not always observed the same way as they are in more developed countries. If you want to stay safe on the roads in Thailand, it’s important to be aware of how things are different here. Unfortunately, Thailand is one of the top countries in the world for traffic accidents, so this is all the more important. Here are some of the important quirks,

  • They drive on the left side of the road, but…
  • It’s actually not that uncommon to see Thai people driving on the wrong side of the road. This is particularly true in rural areas, where there are fewer cars on the road and people are more likely to be driving slowly.
  • If they are turning left it doesn’t matter what colour a traffic light is they will go.
  • They will stop on the side of busy roads without consideration
  • There are many 2 wheeled vehicles so checking your blind spots is important.

By understanding the local quirks and customs when it comes to driving, you can help to keep yourself and others safe on the roads. Remember, when in Thailand, drive defensively and always be prepared for the unexpected.

When crossing the street, always look left first (Thailand drives on the left hand side of the road), but also be aware that motorbikes will sometimes drive on the pavement, so do scan both sides before stepping out. If possible, try to find a pedestrian bridge or underground passage to get to the other side of a busy road. On Bangkok streets it can be quite daunting at first, but with a bit of experience you’ll learn to negotiate your way through the traffic without too much trouble. Just be patient, don’t take unnecessary risks and always stay alert. Then you should be fine.

In summary, no Women are not treated differently when it comes to vehicles and driving. There are also promising signs for general equality throughout Thai systems, as modernisation takes place and a more educated Youth starts to rise to influential positions in the country.