March 2. 2024. 1:43

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Western European countries ranked best to drive in


Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium were ranked the best countries to drive in, according to the results of a study by the International Drivers Association.

The study focused on various factors, including the price per litre of petrol, the number of cars per 1,000 people, road traffic deaths, and road network density. A total of 33 countries across Europe were analysed in this study.

Belgium came in third, scoring highest in Europe for its dense road network with 388 kilometres of road per 100 kilometres square, which is the highest of any European country. There are also only 590 cars per 1,000 people giving it a higher score in that department, highlighting uncongested road networks.

Switzerland was ranked the best country to drive in, with only 1.71 road traffic deaths per 100,000 people, 604 cars per 1,000 people, and Europe’s third-highest road quality score.

The Netherlands took second place, with 2.83 deaths per 100,000 people and the best road quality in Europe.

The road quality numbers come from data compiled by the World Economic Forum back in 2019, meaning the numbers could be different today.

Additionally, the petrol prices in the study were sourced from globalpetrolprices, but it is unclear which numbers were used for this study.

Other countries that made the top ten list include Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Cyprus, Austria, and France.

When it comes to improving road safety across the EU, the European Parliament approved motor insurance rules to better protect road accident victims on October 2021.

These rules aim to ensure citizens are better protected and treated equally in the EU when accidents occur and when insuring their vehicles. The new regulations have yet to be adopted by the Council, then member states will have two years to implement them.

During that same month, MEPs adopted a resolution on the EU Road Safety Policy Framework. Robust road safety measures, such as a 30 km per hour speed limit and zero tolerance for driving under the influence are the way to reach zero deaths on EU roads by 2050, according to the MEPs.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)