The countries with the worst drivers

Toy car with a stethoscope on top of stacks of coins

Toy car with a stethoscope on top of stacks of coins

A driver who is considered to be good in one country might fare very badly in some other countries. If you are wondering how that can be possible, then perhaps you are not much conversant with the ground realities of driving.  Driving a vehicle is as much about controlling and manoeuvreing the machine skillfully as much as it is about complying with the traffic rules to ensure a safe drive. Since the traffic management systems vary from one continent to another, enforcement of traffic rules differ in seriousness and road conditions may also not be much conducive for safe driving, the reality is that in many countries you will come across drivers who appear to be the worst of the lot.  The road safety index as calculated by WHO (Word Health Organisation) has been used as a parameter to rank the countries. The index is derived by calculating the number of fatalities on road in a year per 100,000 people.


This is a young African nation of 11 million people that scores only 29.7 on road safety.  About 20% population is in the age group of 15 to 24 years and another 50% below 14 years. Those between 24 and 54 years account for 28% population. With such a young brigade of drivers caring little for others on the road and poor quality of roads, it is no wonder that it tops the list of worst drivers of the world.


The country is known for its deserts and mountainous terrains that stretch from the north to south. Located on the coast of Arabian Sea, this country has fewer paved roads. Majority of the roads are unpaved and the unkind summer climate accompanied by occasional dust and sand storms make safe driving almost impossible. Male dominance of the population that records 1.4 males for every female could be another possible reason why the roads safety score is just 30.4.


It is not known how well Nigerian drivers are trained for safe driving but looking at the road safety score of 33.7, the country has secured an upper spot in the list of worst drivers of the world.  The average age of the population being 18.2 years, it can be expected that adrenaline runs high in drivers who have made the roads unsafe. Life expectancy of only 52 years could be a reason for reckless driving as people tend to be in a hurry to enjoy life and exit prematurely.


Using the index of road safety is perhaps the only way to determine the driving competence of the people of any country.  Having a score of 34.1 on this account, it can be concluded that Iran is the home of some of the worst drivers of the world.  They have earned the nation the fifth place in road accidents leading to fatalities.

It is interesting to note that drivers from poor countries are emerging as the worst in the trade. This also indicates that not only driving capabilities and road rules, but other socio-economic considerations add to the bad performance of drivers on the roads.


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The most interesting thing about this article has to be that its more the poorer countries that have semi bad drivers.

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