11 June 2022: Zutobi Releases Annual Report on Safest Countries for Driving

Zutobi, an online driver’s education hub has released its annual report on the world’s safest countries for driving. The group says they have seen little change from the previous year. For the second year in a row, they list Norway as the safest country in the world for driving. Runners up include Iceland and Estonia, ranked in last year’s top five safest countries. Switzerland rose into the top ten, up three places from last year. The most dangerous countries for driving have remained consistent since last year, with the three most dangerous seeing no change. They are South Africa, Thailand and the United States. However, India saw its road traffic death rate increase by more than 50%, from 15.6 to 22.6 per 100,000 people, and a number of countries saw their rates improve, particularly Bolivia (from 21.1 to 15.5 per 100,000 people). The average number of estimated road traffic deaths per 100,000 across all countries has decreased since the previous year from 11 to 9.7, while there has been no change in national speed limits and blood alcohol concentration limits in each country. According to the Zutobi study, South Africa had a safety score of 3.41 out of 10, with alcohol and low seatbelt use listed as contributing factors. Zutobi co-founder Leo Waldenback has been quoted as saying that South Africa’s figures were “staggering” and “too damn high. Your roads really are dangerous when looking at the data and I think you have to have massive awareness campaigns, stricter education [and] stricter laws,” Waldenback said. In 2020, there were 848 road traffic deaths in the South Africa and in 2021 there were 822, according to the country’s transport ministry.