Dec 12. Data interpreters hired by The Swiftest have ranked the top 7 most dangerous countries to drive, based on the latest road traffic statistics compiled across the world’s most-visited destinations. Interestingly, the least safe of them all is one of America’s favorite sunny hotspots, set to host a record number of tourists this winter.
In order to compile their list, The Swiftest compared ‘seven different factors’ for 50 of the world’s leading destinations, reflecting a country’s social well-being, infrastructure and safety. All factors were calculated based on the rate of occurrence of select adverse events per 100.000 residents, gathered from widely accepted official sources.
The rates for homicide, for instance, were extracted from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, while road traffic fatality data are attributed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest estimates. In assessing road safety, the company adopted a grading system from A+ to F – A+ being the safest, F the ‘deadliest’.
In total, seven countries were graded ‘F’, led by one of America’s favorite Caribbean retreats:
- Dominican Republic – 64.6 per 100.000 inhabitants
- Saudi Arabia – 35.9
- Thailand – 32.2
- Vietnam – 30.6
- Malaysia – 22.5
- Iran – 21.5
- South Africa – 22.2
With a lead of 28.7 points, the Dominican Republic (DR) is the most dangerous country for driving, being named by WHO the worst for traffic accidents per inhabitant in the world. According to the entity, the leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 29 in the DR is fatal car collisions, surpassing figures for at least three underdeveloped African countries.
Source: Travel off Path