South Africa has been ranked as the world’s most dangerous , according to a research study undertaken by international driver education company Zutobi.
Among the list of 56 countries in the study, Thailand came in second position and the US took up third spot.
The safest roads in the world can be found in Norway, with its Scandinavian neighbour Sweden having the third safest roads while Japan took second place, according to the study.
“We analysed each country on five factors, giving each one a normalised score out of ten for each factor, before taking an average final score across all five factors,” Zutobi said.
These factors included estimates on the number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 population; the percentage of car occupants who use a seat-belt when travelling in the front of a vehicle; and the proportion of road traffic deaths which have been attributed to alcohol consumption over the national legal limit.
These estimates were based on the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory data repository.