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Most Dangerous Countries to Drive In

When going abroad, you don’t always think about the safety of the roads in the country you are traveling to – but you should; the countries that are about to appear on this list will surprise you on how high their car-crash related death rates are. Just for comparison, you should know that the average in the US is around 14 car crash fatalities per 100,000 people.

Are You Ready for This?

Buckle up and take a look at the 10 deadliest countries to drive in.

  1. Namibia: Namibia has the highest car accident death rate in the world, with 45 killed on the road out of every 100,000 people. The country's roads are notoriously dangerous because travelers are not familiar with the landscape and conditions (i.e. animals).
  2. Thailand: Do you think Namibia is somewhere you’ll never go to? Well, how about Thailand? Thailand is one of the most popular places to travel to. Driving in Thailand is challenging and dangerous. The country has a heavy volume of traffic in cities and its roadways are not well maintained and marked. The car accident death rate for Thailand is 44 deaths per 100,000 people.
  3. Iran: “Iranian drivers tend to overtake along pavements and any section of the road where there is space,” says tourism agency Let’s Go Iran; this is also the reason why US State Department encourages tourists to avoid driving in Iran. The death rate on roads in Iran is 38 deaths per 100,000 people every year.
  4. Sudan: Touring this African country by car can be very dangerous due to poorly maintained roads, poor vehicle maintenance, dust storms, and lack of street lighting. What’s worse is the fact that crowds can gather quickly following accidents and can become violent. The car accident death rate here is 36 deaths per 100,000 people.
  5. Swaziland: Poor lighting, failure to obey traffic signals, presence of pedestrians on roadways, livestock as well as other animals on roadways, slower moving vehicles on the road, large trucks delivering heavy cargo, drunk drivers, drivers texting and/or talking on cell phones, poorly maintained roads, extreme weather (heavy fog, rain, hail), and erratic stopping by other vehicles... this is a list of possible road hazards in Swaziland mentioned by the US State Department. The road death rate in Swaziland is around 36 per 100,000 people.

Do You Still Want to Visit and Drive in These Countries?

Don’t worry; local drivers are generally a lot more used to the conditions there, so don’t hesitate on hiring an experienced local driver to do everything for you; after all, the amount they charge is definitely a lot less than the cost of you and your family’s health, right? Have fun and stay safe!


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