There is no question that drivers, especially in underdeveloped areas, are faced with the dangerous task of navigating hazardous roads. But while these roads test the skill of the drivers there are some dangers that can be more detrimental than others. As a result, experts at Global Positioning Specialists, GPS, wanted to identify the most dangerous countries to be a driver.
GPS investigated road quality, the number of road deaths, and motor vehicle crime statistics in 60 of the most car-dependent countries around the world to reveal the most dangerous countries to be a driver. Each country was assigned a score for each factor based on their national statistics; the countries that had high road death and crime rates and low scores for the quality of their roads made it to the top of the list.
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Lebanon took top spot and the unenviable title of the world’s most dangerous country to be a driver, with a high road traffic death rate of 22.6 deaths per 100,000 population, extremely poor road quality conditions and a motor vehicle theft rate of 179 thefts per 100,000 population.
Uruguay was revealed as the 2nd most dangerous country to be a driver, where ranking 1st for motor vehicle theft played a big role, equating to 503 thefts per 100,000 population, more than double the theft rate in the US and far outweighing Italy which ranked 2nd with 295 thefts per 100,000 population.
Despite ranking 19th overall, Thailand had the highest rate for road related deaths, equating to 36.2 deaths per 100,000 population, making it the most dangerous country for road traffic deaths. Thanks to much better results for vehicle crime and road condition, Thailand was only just in the top 20, though it still does not seem a great place to go for a drive.
Colombia ranked as the 3rd most dangerous country to be a driver after securing two top ten rankings; death rates, where it came 10th and road quality, where it was 3rd. Moldova positioned itself in 1st place position for the worst quality of roads.
Although Australia ranked 32nd for road quality (4.8/7) and 40th for motor vehicle death rate (5.4 deaths per 100,000 population), it made the top 20 list, ranking as the 15th most dangerous country to be a driver after ranking 7th for vehicle crime (212.5 vehicle thefts per 100,000 population).
The United States, ranking as the 12th most dangerous country to be driver, emerged as having a road traffic death rate of 10.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Drivers will also be disgruntled to learn that the US has the 6th highest motor vehicle theft rate equating to 216 thefts per 100,000 population – considering the US is a hot spot for car jacking, this makes owning a car even more dangerous.
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