San Marino is the safest place to drive in the World

Like most people I like to drive, but it’s not often that I choose to drive in a country other than my own.  The reason for this is ridiculously simple – I don’t really understand local conditions, driving habits or road rules, plus, when I travel I prefer to look at where I’m going, rather than stress about directions, road conditions, other drivers behaviour, my driving behaviour, and all those things which you need to concentrate on when you drive.

So!  The solution to driving yourself, but reducing the risk of stress and accident is to drive in the world’s safest countries.

According to the World Health Organisation, which estimated its findings on the number of road deaths per head of population, the safest place in the world to drive is San Marino, or, to give the country its full title the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, which is absolutely correct when it comes to road safety.  San Marino is a landlocked enclave in the Apennine Mountains that is completely surrounded by Italy.  It has a total area of just 61 square kilometres (24 sq miles) and a population of 30,000.  They have just 220 kilometres of roads in the country, so there’s not a lot of places where you can have a road accident.  San Marino even has a Formula 1 Grand Prix, but the drivers of San Marino are so cautious, their own Grand Prix is held at Imola, about 100 kilometres away in Italy!

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