New data reveals the most dangerous places to drive in the world

San Marino boasts the safest road network, according to the new information

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released figures from countries across the world showing the average number of road deaths to take place per 100,000 habitants per year.

The data makes for interesting reading and reveals the safest and most dangerous places in the world to drive, or indeed to travel as a passenger.

WHO releases figures showing the world's most dangerous roads by nation

The UK is the tenth safest nation in which to drive, according to WHO

 

Those travelling in San Marino are on the safest roads in the world, according to WHO’s data, with zero fatalities recorded here per 100,000 habitants. An impressive record for the small Italian Peninsula country, regardless of its tiny population of 33,562 inhabitants and only 140 miles of roads.

The WHO figures suggest the highway network in the African nation of Eritrea is the most dangerous in the world, with 48.4 recorded fatalities per 100,000 residents per year. In 2016, the estimated population of Eritrea was 5,869,869.

The five most dangerous nations for road travel:

1) Eritrea – 48.4 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants
2) Dominican Republic – 41.7
3) Libya – 40.5
4) Thailand – 38.1
5) Venezuela – 37.2

If you want to avoid driving in dangerous places, we also advise avoiding roads in South Africa, Ecuador, Brazil, and Kenya, all of which have a high rate of road deaths in relation to population.

The five safest nations for road travel:

1) San Marino – 0 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants
2) Micronesia – 1.8
3) Maldives – 1.9
4) Norway – 2.9
5) Sweden – 3

The UK rounded out the top 10 safest places to drive in the world with 3.5 deaths per 100,000 habitants, while Portugal was the most dangerous country in western Europe for road travel, and Canada is twice as safe for road travel as neighbouring USA.

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