The 5 Most Dangerous Countries to Drive In

It's not the best idea to be behind the wheel in these countries.

It can be scary getting behind the wheel in a foreign country. Different languages and driving practices are just a few of the differences. (Here’s why North Americans and Brits drive on different sides of the road.) It’s also frightening just how dangerous it is to drive in certain countries.

According to the most recent status report on road safety from the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.33 million road traffic deaths occur every year—and it’s the first leading cause of death among children and young adults. The countries that are the most dangerous to drive are those with the highest rates of road traffic deaths for every 100,000 people. The country with the highest rate of road traffic deaths is Libya, then Saint Lucia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and the Dominican Republic, according to the WHO report. There are some “dangerous” countries, however, that are safer than you think.

The safest or lowest rates were in San Marino and the Maldives, per the report. Low-income countries make up 1 per cent of the world’s vehicles, but 13 per cent of all deaths. Every 24 seconds, someone dies on the road. In Libya, speeding is the number one cause of accidents, the Jordan Times reports. It doesn’t help that the number of cars in the country quadrupled, many of the vehicles lack basic safety necessities like seatbelts, and the roads are in major need of repair, per the Times. Now that you know the most dangerous countries to drive in, check out the world’s 10 most dangerous roads.

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