Take note for the next time you go on vacation.
Although cars today are safer than ever, people are killed on the road every day. But some countries are much, more worse than others when it comes to road safety and dangerous driving. A new study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute took advantage of the World Health Organization’s latest data in order to compare the rate of driving fatalities against the likes of cancer, heart disease and other diseases in 193 countries.
All told, the world average is 18 fatalities from a car accident per 100,000 individuals. So which country is the most dangerous for driving? Namibia, with an average of 45 per 100k deaths. The safest country is Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, with just 2 per 100k. The US had a decent ranking of 14 per 100k. However, Canada averaged 8 per 100k, France at 7, and Germany at 6. The UK, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden all tied at 5 per 100k. Compare car fatalities to other illnesses, and the United Arab Emirates is the most dangerous for driving. A total of 15.9 percent of deaths there are the result of car accidents, while the global average is 2.1 percent.