Most dangerous locations to drive

Richard Laycock 6 September 2016

Damaged car after sitting on sidewalk after hitting a wall

Driving in the USA is twice as dangerous as driving on Australian roads.

The last thing you want to think about when you're booking a holiday is something going wrong while you're on your trip. However, accidents are unavoidable. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), released today a list of 32 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and their annual road deaths per 100,000 population. Several of these nations are frequented by users.

We looked at the most common countries our users get travel insurance quotes for and contrasted that with the BITRE data. We found that 10 out of the top 20 countries for travel insurance customers were on this list.

Of those popular destinations, the United States was the by far the most dangerous place to drive, with 10.2 road deaths per 100,000. That figure was more than twice that for travellers on Australian roads, which was 4.9 road deaths per 100,000.

The United Kingdom was the lowest on the list for the top 10 most travelled destinations by users, with only 2.9 road deaths per 100,000.

The good news for travellers is that the death tolls for these countries have been steadily trending downwards over the last 25 years.

The full list of the 32 OECD countries and their road tolls is available in our travel insurance for car accidents article.

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