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New research reveals South Africa is the 4th worst country in the world to be a motorist

New research reveals South Africa is the 4th worst country in the world to be a motorist

Compare the Market Australia analysed factors including the quality of roads, congestion level, motoring expenses-to-disposable income ratio and road traffic accidents in 25 countries around the world, to see which countries are the best (& worst) to drive in.

https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/car-insurance/best-countries-for-driving/ 

The 10 worst countries for driving 

Rank Country Expenses to disposable income ratio Average congestion level Road quality Road mortality rate
1 Russia 18% 37% 2.9 12.00
2 Brazil 26% 28% 3.1 16.05
3 Mexico 35% 36% 4.4 12.78
4 South Africa 41% 19% 4.4 22.22
5 Ireland 28% 31% 4.6 3.13
6 Greece 28% 28% 4.5 8.31
7 Hungary 22% 27% 4.1 7.74
8 Poland 21% 28% 4.1 9.38
9 Chile 30% 31% 5.2 14.91
10 Czech Republic 24% 19% 4.0 5.95

Russia came bottom of the ranking due to having the worst road quality score of the countries we looked at, as well as one of the worst congestion scores and a high road mortality rate. 

Brazil came in second, with the highest road mortality rate out of the three worst-performing nations (16.05 per 100,000 people). The country also has high motoring costs, bad congestion levels and poor quality of roads meaning it ranked as the second-worst country for driving.

Mexico isn’t far behind Brazil, ranking in third place. Despite having the best road quality out of the bottom three countries, it has the second-highest expenses-to-disposable income ratio of all the 25 countries in our ranking.

The 10 best countries for driving

Rank Country Expenses to disposable income ratio Average congestion level Road quality Road mortality rate
1 Denmark 30% 18% 5.5 3.70
2 USA 13% 14% 5.7 12.67
3 Netherlands 20% 18% 6.1 3.98
4 Portugal 23% 17% 6.0 8.20
5 France 21% 21% 6.0 5.13
6 Finland 22% 15% 5.4 3.89
7 Canada 20% 17% 5.4 5.34
8 Sweden 23% 18% 5.5 3.14
9 Germany 20% 21% 5.5 3.78
10 Australia 18% 20% 4.8 4.94

Denmark is the best country for drivers. While it doesn’t necessarily have the best motoring expenses-to-disposable income ratio, the country’s congestion and road quality are above average. Denmark also has one of the lower road mortality rates, at 3.70 per 100,000 people.

In second place is the USA despite having one of the highest road mortality scores on the list, at 12.67 per 100,000 people. Despite this, the USA’s affordable motoring expenses, low congestion levels and good road quality helped the country rank in second place.

Stephen Zeller, car insurance expert at Compare the Market Australia comments: 

“Driving can often be a frustrating and in some cases even dangerous experience depending on where you are in the world, with factors such as road quality and congestion all playing a part in the driving experience.

“Our research shows that Denmark is the best place to be a driver overall, followed by the USA and the Netherlands. The ten worst places to be a driver is surprisingly made up of mostly European countries, with Russia taking the top spot.

“Regardless of where you may be travelling, it is always important to ensure you have the right insurance cover for you and your car, as you never know who or what is around the corner. If you travel to a country where the road and driving conditions are poor, purchasing travel insurance before you go is very important in case you cause damage to your hire car due to different road rules or conditions that you may be used to.”

You can view the research in full here

 

 

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