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Which Country Has The Worst Drivers?

16 January 2014, 15:07

If you are a new driver, you would do well to know a couple of things about the dangers of driving. It is a jungle out there and you should be aware that your driving skills, no matter how good they are, won’t always be able to keep you out of car accidents. While you might feel confident behind the wheel of a car, a little fear is never a bad thing since it can keep you alert and careful. Sure, driving is fun, but driver confidence is kind of the scourge of our time. Think about it, most people drive with an attitude of a race driver and the fact that we curse and swear everyone who doesn't do things the way we would do them shows that we keep our driving skills in great regard.  We need to tone things down and start paying attention because statistics show that the annual fatality rates are enormous.

Common causes of car accidents

It is kind of interesting that the same things are the root of car accidents around the world. Even stranger is the fact that we keep repeating the same mistakes and keep our bad habits when it is common knowledge that these things are ill advised when driving and are very, very dangerous. And here we go again, the four most common causes, for the millionth time:

Driver fatigue – When you had a long day and the drive you are supposed to take is not so short, it is much smarter to rest up anywhere for at least half an hour before you sit behind the wheel of a car. Long drives back home from family vacations are the prime example of these kinds of accidents.

Driver intoxication – Of course, alcohol and drugs top the charts, but in some cases even medications that make you drowsy will be enough to put you in a state of mind that is unfit for driving. It is important to add, the law restrictions are very serious, no matter about which country in the world we talking about.

Driver distraction – Talking on the phone, eating your lunch and even getting too involved in a conversation can distract you enough and lower your reaction time enough to cause an accident.

Bad weather and poor roads – Some areas have run down, old and rarely maintained roads and in these cases, you should be extra careful. The same thing goes for bad weather. You will need to be aware of weather conditions at all times and adjust your equipment and driving so as to avoid accidents.

Top five most dangerous countries for drivers

Some countries have significantly higher fatality rates than others. Also, in some countries, accidents happen more than in most. This can be caused by a variety of things. A bad and poorly designed road infrastructure, poorly written and enforced traffic laws, bad weather conditions, even geological and geographical issues can cause these statistics to go up.

5. Indonesia

Indonesia is in fifth place, mostly because their law enforcement is on a very low level. They don’t pay enough attention to this issue and the tests that you need to pass through in order to acquire a license are very easy to pass.

4. United States of America

Things are a bit different in America. Reckless driving is the main cause of accidents within the borders of the US. Accidents are caused mostly by intoxicated and distracted drivers and they have to do more with the drivers’ mentality.

3. Brazil

The bronze medal goes to Brazil and its version of the traffic Wild West, with an enormous number of car thefts and high speed chases. The whole thing gets even more insane when you put in reckless lorry drivers and bikes into the equation.

2. China

Someone once said this about Chinese traffic; you need to master the art of defensive traffic in order to survive traffic in China. The thing about their traffic is that there is a blatant disregard for the rules. People are used to it. But even China has half the number of accidents than our number one position.

1. India

In India, 130,000 people die as a direct cause of car accidents. This is an enormous number and the primary reason for this is the virtual nonexistence of proper roads. Basically, India loses a small town worth of people every year in accidents involving motor vehicles.

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