Best countries for driving
1. Netherlands: 7.14/10
Taking out top spot on our list is the Netherlands. The Netherlands had the highest overall score at 7.14/10. The Dutch homeland ranks so well thanks to having the second-smallest motoring expenses to income ratio at 8% (tying with the USA and Switzerland).
The Netherlands also had the smallest average annual hours spent in rush hour at 96 hours a year, the highest road quality score of 6.4, and very high vehicle standards. All these high scores for different metrics are the perfect ingredients for a pleasant drive through the beautiful and historic Dutch countryside.
2. USA: 6.35/10
Second in the running was the USA with a score of 6.35/10. The USA had the same low motoring expenses to income ratio as the Netherlands of 8%, plus the second-lowest average annual number of hours spent in rush hour traffic.
However, it’s important to note that this national average is based on very different experiences depending on location. For example, New York, Washington and San Francisco see drivers spending hundreds of hours on average in rush hour traffic, compared to other towns like Oklahoma City or Knoxville where drivers spend 75 hours or less in rush hour traffic per year.1
The USA also had the cheapest petrol price per litre,^ but was held back by a very high mortality rate and lower vehicle standards in comparison to most other countries on the list.
3. Switzerland: 6.27/10
The third-best nation for driving a car in was Switzerland. Again, Switzerland had the same low motoring expenses to income ratio as the USA and the Netherlands, the second-best road quality score at 6.3, the lowest road mortality rate of 2.7 per 100,000 (tying with Norway), and really high vehicle standards.
What held Switzerland back from ranking higher was a longer amount of time spent in rush hour traffic and high price for petrol. Overall, however, Switzerland scores well for most factors related to owning and driving a car, and with breath-taking scenery like the iconic Furka Pass or stunning Gotthard Pass, it’s great to be a car driver in this picturesque nation.