Durban has the worst drivers, study finds

2013-10-04 00:00

IF you are male, live in Durban, drive a Black Audi and smoke, you are likely to stand way at the back of the line for nominations as best driver.

The city was last in the list of cities that can boast the best drivers behind Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and first placed Port Elizabeth.

This is according to a study by Discovery Insure’s vehicle insurance department.

The insurance company tested the behaviour of 10 000 motorists across the country over a period of two years.

These findings were based on how many motorists braked hard, cut corners, and drove at a high speed. The total accidents in a particular city were also taken into account.

According to the study, the worst drivers are those driving Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs and Audis. Drivers behind the wheels of Hyundais appear to be the best drivers.

Men, according to the study, are also worse drivers than women.

“Our country is currently battling with a very high accident figure, with about 14 000 people dying on our roads every year,” said Discovery Insure CEO Anton Ossip in a statement.

According to Ossip, accidents cost the state about R300 billion annually. “This cost of expenditure and the high rate of fatalities, can be decreased if people learn to drive with more caution, keep to the speed limit and pay more attention to what is happening on the roads.”

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