September 20, 2011

So You Think They Drive Bad In The US

I have stated several times in our blog that my least favorite thing to do in Brazil is drive. I used to love driving, but now I genuinely dislike it ... here in Brazil. It is very stressful, due to the huge quantities of bad drivers here and their bad driving habits. The majority of Brazilian drivers do not have any respect for other drivers or for the rules.

Today we read in a local newspaper that there were 10,200+ car accidents in Santos in 2010, which has a population of 500,000 people. That is a very large number of accidents for a city of 500,000 people, and it just confirms what we already knew - it is a tough place to drive. Driving in other parts of Brazil is difficult and stressful as well; I think it is worse in Sao Paulo because there are many bad drivers and also they are very aggressive drivers, which is a bad combination. Here are some statistics:

* there were 2000+ vehicle accidents per 100,000 residents last year in Santos
* there were 500 vehicle accidents per 100,000 residents in New York City
* there are approx. 20 traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents annually in Brazil
* there are approx. 12 traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents in the US

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