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10 Countries with the Worst Drivers in the World

Driving in a foreign country is generally hair-raising. If you're lucky, you'll be on the side of the road you're used to - driving on the opposite side can be particularly perplexing. There are other

Driving in a foreign country is generally hair-raising. If you're lucky, you'll be on the side of the road you're used to - driving on the opposite side can be particularly perplexing. There are other factors, too. To non-Europeans, cities in Europe can seem like a never ending series of traffic circles or roundabouts, with perpetual one-way streets taking you nowhere. Large cities anywhere, particularly in North America, seem to be flanked on all sides by highways with too many lanes. Road hazards vary from place to place, with pedestrians taking more liberties crossing busy roads in some cities than others, and livestock, chickens and dogs causing hazards on the roads in the Caribbean or in small, rural towns in Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere.

Not every country is the same when it comes to enforcing road laws, either. In Lebanon, for example, road signs and streetlights are traditionally followed willy-nilly, as if they're merely markers rather than instructions. In some parts of the world the driver has the right of way while on the roundabout, while in others it is the person coming onto the roundabout who has right of way. To people unaccustomed to the latter, it's befuddling trying to negotiate how to let someone onto a roundabout while staying out of their way, perhaps resulting in the need to go around until you have an “out.”

When planning your next vacation, where are some of the world’s regions where you’ll have to be most careful on the roads? The World Health Organization (WHO) gathers statistics about all things relating to the wellbeing of a nation, including the rate of road accidents resulting in mortalities. Numbers listed are in terms of annual mortalities per 100,000 people, and to give a familiar point of reference, there are roughly 4 fatal road accidents per 100,000 people in the U.K. each year, and 11 in the U.S. The following are the 10 countries where your life is most likely to be threatened on the roads.

10 Chad: 29.7

9 Oman: 30.4

8 Guinea-Bissau: 31.2

7 Iraq: 31.5

6 Nigeria: 33.7

5 5.Iran: 34.1

4 Venezuela: 37.2

3 Thailand: 38.1

2 Dominican Republic: 41.7

1 Niue: 68.3

This island country in the South Pacific is not too far from New Zealand, at only 2400 km away. Niue sits inside the triangle formed by the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa. With a population of around 1,200 people, you’d think this Polynesian country could not afford to lose so many to road deaths each year! This Christian nation’s population growth rate is actually negative, with the population between 2010 and 2014 having fallen by about 200 people. How do you stop people from killing each other with motorized vehicles? This tiny country has 64 km of coastline and a total of 260 sq km. One would think for most daily errands, bicycles and a few small buses might suffice! Perhaps it's time for this small nation to ditch the car altogether.

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