Durban drivers are most likely to accelerate quickly, brake harshly, and take sharp turns in South Africa, a new report says.
South African roads are among the most dangerous in the world, with a road death toll of 22.5 per 100,000 people.
The Road to a Healthier South Africa report, based on data from Discovery’s insurance scheme, found that Durban drivers are the country’s worst, followed by Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Cape Town is not only the country’s healthiest city, but also has the safest drivers, the report found.
Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein were the second and third best-driving cities respectively.
Meanwhile, drivers in Johannesburg are least likely to drive at night, when roads are considered dangerous.
The report also found that women aged 66+ are the country’s best drivers, while men between the age of 18 and 25 are the worst.
Prof Sebastian van As, trauma unit head at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, said driving behaviour is the one place drivers can protect themselves on the road.
“I could cite many such stats, however, they all boil down to this chilling fact: almost 90% of accidents are caused by bad driving – simple,” Van As writes in the report.
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