Statistics and facts

List of countries by traffic-related death rate

List of countries by traffic-related death rate

This list of countries by traffic-related death rate shows the annual number of road fatalities per capita per year and per vehicle-km in some countries in the year the data was collected.

Fairy Meadows Road, 2nd deadliest highway in the world

Fairy Meadows Road, 2nd deadliest highway in the world

Pakistan’s picturesque Fairy Meadows Road, leading to the base of the Nanga Parbat Mountain has been ranked as the second deadliest highway in an interactive map released recently.

The world's safest countries to drive

The world's safest countries to drive

According to the World Health Organization's figures, this is the list of the world's safest countries to drive.If you’re thinking of travelling abroad, then you might be interested in finding out which countries are the safest for driving in. Depending on those you think are the most dangerous, the reality may well surprise you. 

5 unusually dangerous -- and 5 especially safe -- places to drive

5 unusually dangerous -- and 5 especially safe -- places to drive

Thinking about hitting the road on your next vacation? Be careful out there. Not every country (or state) has the same safety standards that you may be used to. We spanned the globe and found five places where you might want to stay off the streets — and five places that are exceptionally safe.

The world's best road is in Portugal's wine region

The world's best road is in Portugal's wine region

Petrol heads, take note. The world's best road has just been announced. There are few things as thrilling as accelerating past breathtaking countryside views, and now we know where to find the most thrilling stretch of tarmac possible. The N-222 road from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal has been awarded the prestigious honour.

What’s your favorite driving song?

What’s your favorite driving song?

We decided to ask the stars of Formula 1 to combine their love of music and fast cars by telling us their favorite songs to listen to whenever they get the chance to hit the open road.The resulting playlist is as eclectic, exciting, traditional and fun as the F1 grid itself.

Top 10 safest & most dangerous cities to drive in the USA

Top 10 safest & most dangerous cities to drive in the USA

The most dangerous city for driving in the U.S. is Orlando, Fla., according to a new government report. Although rates have declined in recent years, car crashes still are a leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2009, 34,485 people died in car crashes in the U.S., and 22% of them were aged 15 to 24. The new findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR).

The world's most dangerous countries to drive

The world's most dangerous countries to drive

According to the World Health Organization's figures, this is the list of the world's most dangerous countries to drive. If you’re thinking of travelling abroad, then you might be interested in finding out which countries are the worst for driving in. Depending on those you think are the most dangerous, the reality may well surprise you.

Worst roads in Tasmania infographic

Worst roads in Tasmania

This infographic looks at the dangerous highways in Tasmania, and strategies to reduce risks through good road design.

15 Dangerous Cities for Driving in the USA

15 Dangerous Cities for Driving in the USA

There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level.

Suicide bridges

Suicide bridges

Some famous bridges are creepy suicide magnets. They garnered the nickname of Suicide bridge due to the number of suicides and attempted suicides since its completion. Some of the bridges in this list have been the site of hundreds of suicides, most typically by jumping off and into the water or ground below. Due this fact, most of the bridges are erecting a suicide barrier.

Road traffic deaths. Data by country

Road traffic deaths. Data by country

Approximately 1.24 million deaths occurred on the world’s roads in 2010. In 2010, middle-income countries had the highest road traffic death rates, at 20.1 per 100 000. In 2010, 50% of deaths on the world’s roads occured among vulnerable road users.

Most deadly times to drive

Most deadly times to drive

An important part of defensive driving is to make good choices about when and where you drive. To help you minimize your risk, we've compiled some useful facts. Putting them all together suggests that you run the least risk of a fatal crash by driving on Christmas Day between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. The risk is even lower if Christmas falls on a Monday.

Bizarre distorted images on Google Maps

Bizarre distorted images on Google Maps

Looking close enough, Google Maps is full of bizarre moments. A two-headed dog, a magical floating limb, disappearing woman's body on the beach, people with missing heads and even half a cat, prowling nonchalantly along a street, disembodied limbs, strange distended abdomens, and even iPhones embedded in bums.

Winners of the Grand Tour (cycling)

Winners of the Grand Tour (cycling)

Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España are the three major European professional cycling stage races. They are multi-week races (21 days) with daily stages and have more points for the UCI World Tour than in other races.

A decade of our favorite Google Maps fuckups

A decade of our favorite Google Maps fuckups

Google Maps launched 10 years ago, on February 8, 2005, and it's become the gold standard for apps that help get you from point A to point B. But it's also the greatest prank platform ever designed. Here are some of the best deliberate (and non-deliberate) ways that Maps has been borked over the past decade.

List of left- & right-driving countries

List of left- & right-driving countries

The most important rule of the road concerns which side to drive on. The reasons for driving on different sides of the road are historical. About a 35% of the world population drives on the left. Most former British colonies drive on the left side of the road, whereas the United States of America, Latin American countries and European countries drive on the right.

Car with body of man missing 9 years visible on Google Maps

Car with body of man missing 9 years visible on Google Maps

The body of Davie Lee Niles, a man disappeared on October 11, 2006 after he was seen leaving Jake's Bar in Byron Township, Michigan, has been found inside a sunken car - which has been visible on Google Maps for years.

Top 10 worst places to drive in the world

Top 10 worst places to drive in the world

We are constantly bombarded with data about the most dangerous roads in the world. But where are the worst cities to drive a car? If you're thinking about planning an international road trip with friends, you may want to consider skipping the following destinations.

Countries with lowest % of paved roads

Countries with lowest % of paved roads

Paved roads are those surfaced with crushed stone (macadam) and hydrocarbon binder or bituminized agents, with concrete, or with cobblestones, as a percentage of all the country’s roads, measured in length.

Longest and tallest bridges infographic

Longest and tallest bridges infographic

The longest and tallest bridges in the world are incredible feats of engineering and architecture.

World's worst traffic jam: 100km and 12 days

World's worst traffic jam: 100km and 12 days

The mother of all traffic jams was created in China on August 14, 2010.  It lasted 12 days with a huge car panorama that stretched for more than 62 miles (100 km). A mini-economy of overpriced food, water, and cigarettes sprang up instantly.

The World’s Fastest Downhill Mountain Bike Ride

The World’s Fastest Downhill Mountain Bike Ride

Austrian downhill rider Max Stöckl broke the world speed record for stock mountain bikes on gravel, in the Atacama desert of Chile, reaching an incredible top speed of over 167 km/h (104 miles per hour).

Driving Australian Highways infographic

Driving Australian Highways

With our well-built highways linking us from one state to another, it's no wonder Australians like to hit the road and make the most out of our holidays.