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Poor road infrastructure is one of the main factors in a huge number of accidents, but road quality is not the only factor that insurers at confused.com have taken into account when compiling the ranking of the world’s most stressful driving countries. Their survey covers 48 countries, with the main parameters on which the rating was made being road quality, congestion levels, number of speed cameras and road accidents.

The United Arab Emirates ranks first in this anti-ranking, which means that drivers in the UAE experience the most stress while driving. The main culprit for this highest result is the large number of fatal accidents – as many as 2,724 per 100,000 population. The emirate is third in the Top 20 in terms of road quality, and the ratio of kilometers to speed cameras is staggering: there are an average of 1.45 cameras per kilometer, which means that it is impossible to drive at high speeds. But on the other hand, there are as many as 552.5 cars per kilometer! The next closest parameter is 392 in Hong Kong and 192 cars per kilometer in Singapore.

And immediately after the UAE is Bulgaria, to which analysts give 80 points (out of 100) for stress while driving, ahead of even Turkey and Italy.

Its highways have turned into cemeteries, and intercity roads have been so broken that driving has long since turned from fun to stressful so that another tire and rim doesn’t go. But the quality of road infrastructure is not the only factor that insurers at confused.com have taken into account when compiling the ranking of the world’s most stressful driving countries. Their survey covers 48 countries, with the main parameters on which the rating was made being road quality, congestion levels, number of speed cameras and road accidents.

From many cameras on the road we can not complain in Bulgaria – 1 per 100 km. The problem is that there are 171 cars per kilometer, with only Turkey (173), the UAE, Hong Kong and Singapore ahead of us. This, combined with the worst road infrastructure (40 points out of 100 possible) ranks the unenviable second place in the ranking. Only Brazil (33.5), Colombia (39.7) and Romania, which has the worst roads (32.6), have worse roads than it, but the country is in 15th place, and in this case, the further back, the better. Interestingly, in Romania there is a speed camera on 765 kilometers of roads.

Photo: Traffic in Sofia, Bulgaria

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