• Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica ranks as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for drivers

December 16, 2016

If you feel like you’re putting your life on the line every time you get behind the wheel in Costa Rica, now you’ve got some statistics to back up your anxiety.

In a recent report from Australian fleet management firm Global Positioning Specialists (GPS) that ranked the most dangerous countries for drivers, Costa Rica comes in fourth on the list. Though the country often ranks high near more enviable lists like the Happiness Index, this unwanted designation takes into account Costa Rica’s relatively bad infrastructure, among other negative factors.

The study measured three categories: road conditions, traffic fatalities, and car theft. On a scale of 1 (among the worst in the world) to 7 (among the world’s best), Costa Rica’s road quality scored a 2.8. In road traffic deaths and vehicle theft rates per 100,000 people, the country also ranked poorly.

Costa Rica Traffic
(Infographic courtesy of GPS)

As seen in the infographic above, Costa Rica ranked in the top 20 for all individual categories, with its worst rating coming in road quality.

A spokesman from GPS said methodology for the road quality index came from the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 where roads are also ranked by a 1-to-7 scale. In that list, Costa Rica’s roads ranked 119th out of the 141 polled countries.

Lebanon was named the most dangerous country for drivers, while Uruguay and Colombia rounded out the top three ahead of Costa Rica. The United States ranked as the 12th worst country for drivers and was noted for its high vehicular crime rate.

In November, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) reported the lowest amount of accident-related deaths for any month in the past three years, with 20 registered traffic fatalities.

You may be interested

Costa Rican health authorities plan precautions in response to Chinese coronavirus
Global health
5 views
Global health
5 views

Costa Rican health authorities plan precautions in response to Chinese coronavirus

The Tico Times - January 20, 2020

Put down that cerveza, because this Corona is a little more serious. Costa Rican health authorities joined an international chorus…

Costa Rica limits the right to strike and prohibits it in essential services
Costa Rica
16 views
Costa Rica
16 views

Costa Rica limits the right to strike and prohibits it in essential services

AFP and The Tico Times - January 20, 2020

The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, approved on Monday a law passed by the Legislative Assembly that sets limits…

Pompeo visits Colombia, where he will meet with Guaidó
Colombia
16 views
Colombia
16 views

Pompeo visits Colombia, where he will meet with Guaidó

Alina Dieste / AFP - January 20, 2020

The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, will meet on Monday in Colombia with the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó,…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!