|Subject: Re: Driving in Europe?|
Yes, I was surprised by some of the results !
Seems it's safer to drive on the left, except in Ireland ........ and probably India !
Given the post quoting US around 150 deaths per million people it suggests you are safer in Spain or Italy than in US!
I too, wonder about the stats. But more people in US live in urban areas than Europe. Maybe the stats per m miles would be much the same.
Urban areas seem to have lots of small accidents, but less deaths.
Many of the stereotypes don't hold up ?
Ireland so much worse than UK Germany, safer than Denmark. France worse than Italy
I can explain some, having lived in the countries.
Low population / big country = low traffic density Good infrastructure Laid back lifestyle Caring nature Low speed limits aggressively enforced Almost zero tolerance on drink drive (0.2 ....... but UK = 0.8 ?) Winter driving on snow ensures good anticipation and control
Belgium (The most Northern latin country) -
Aggressive driving High pop density Fast roads traverse towns Much rain Alcohol limit 0.5, but not seriously enforced
Average represents South East Good infrastructure Heavy traffic Congestion Good road manners
Excellent infrastructure (Autoroutes) Low traffic density Alcohol limit 0.5, but not seriously enforced Alternatives for long distance (TGV)
It is a complex subject ?
Does anyone have better statistics ?