recent study by Waze, a traffic app, evaluated the driving experience of 50 million people in 32 countries to determine where it is best to drive.

Countries and cities where scored from satisfying (10) to miserable (1), taking into consideration six key factors:

  1. Traffic Level by frequency and severity of traffic jams
  2. Road quality and infrastructure
  3. Driver safety based on accidents, road hazards and weather
  4. Driver services like access to gas stations and easy parking
  5. Socio-Economic* including access to cars and impact of gas prices
  6. “Wazeyness,” the level of helpfulness and happiness within the Waze community

The Netherlands came out on top, performing best overall despite being one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Latvia ranked second, followed by the United States and Sweden.



According to the Index, El Salvador and Guatemala offer the worst driving experience – ranking last due to poor road infrastructure, traffic jams and a lack of driver services.


Author: José Santiago, Senior Associate, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum

Image: General view from the U.S. Road 163 Scenic near Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah, USA REUTERS/Charles Platiau