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Uruguay, Colombia and Costa Rica Worst LatAm Countries for Drivers

Uruguay, Colombia and Costa Rica are some of the worst countries in the world for drivers, according to a study conducted by the Australian fleet management firm Global Positioning Specialists (GPS).

Poor quality roads, the number of traffic-related deaths, and motor vehicle thefts are the three national statistics GPS took into account while ranking the 60 countries. Lebanon tops the list, but Uruguay, Colombia, and Costa Rica have been ranked second, third, and fourth respectively.

The high number of vehicular thefts is a matter of great concern in Uruguay, where, according to the report, an average of 503 vehicles are stolen per 100,000 people. Colombia and Costa Rica were ranked so highly because of their poor quality roads and a high rate of traffic-related deaths.

Some of the countries that are considered bad for drivers have good road networks, but driving can still be a risk due to crime or dangerous driving, according to the report. A high rate of motor vehicle theft and highway robberies frighten drivers on roads across Chile and Guatemala, which have been earned seventh and eighth place on the index, respectively.

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The United States, which ranked twelfth on the index, may have better quality roads, but the increasing number of car-jacking cases “makes owning a car more dangerous” in the country, says the report.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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