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Low congestion and affordability are among the factors that put the Canadian city top of Mister Auto’s ranking while Mumbai was named the worst city for driving across the globe.
Calgary, Canada is the best city in the world for driving due to low congestion, low fatalities and affordability, while Mumbai, India is the worst, scoring low in these factors.
The findings are revealed in the 2019 Driving Cities Index Study by European car parts retailer Mister Auto, which aims to find out the best and worst cities for driving across the globe, according to data relating to infrastructure, safety, costs and driver behaviour.
It collected data from hundreds of cities around the world and narrowed down to a shortlist of 100 cities.
The research comes as many cities around the world are working to reduce driving to cut congestion and air pollution and to boost more active forms of travel.
The study found that while many cities already have the infrastructure and legislation in place, there is still a lot of work to be done towards making driving safe and affordable across the board.
The top 10 best cities for drivers are:
The bottom 10 worst cities for drivers are:
The survey examined key areas such as air quality, congestion and public transport. When it comes to the latter, the cities with the highest score are New York, followed by Singapore and Tokyo, while the cities with the lowest score for pubic transport are Karachi, followed by Bogota and El Paso.
The cities with the most cars per capita are Athens, followed by Seattle and Turin, while the cities with the least are Karachi and Kolkata, followed by Tel Aviv.
In terms of congestion, the cities with the best daily average congestion score are Malmo and El Paso, followed by Detroit, while the cities with the worst congestion score are Mumbai, followed by Kolkata and Ulaanbaatar.
"There are a number of cities in the world where you can’t even open the window while driving due to the amount of smog and pollution from cars."
The cities with the highest air quality score are Brisbane, followed by Salvador and Stockholm, while the cities with the lowest are Lagos, followed by Karachi and Beijing.
"There are a number of cities in the world where you can’t even open the window while driving due to the amount of smog and pollution from cars, which make a huge impact on the health and safety of their drivers and inhabitants,” commented Sébastien Rohart, managing director of Mister Auto.
“We included air quality in this study because we wanted to see which cities around the world are tackling the problem of air pollution, while making it safe for their citizens to get from A to B without having to risk their health doing so.”
The study also examined road rage, given it can be an indicator of frustration due to other issues such as spending a long time in traffic jams. The Japanese cities of Osaka and Tokyo, along with Singapore, were the cities with the least number of incidents of road rage while the Mongolian city of Ulaanbaatar, Moscow and Karachi were the cities with the highest number.
"Road rage exposes the level of frustration experienced due to stressful city driving conditions like traffic and congestion”.
“Everyone has witnessed or been a victim of road rage at some point in their lives, but certain cities tend to be more prone to these incidents than others. We knew we had to survey citizens about this aspect of driving in the study because the frequency of road rage is a very revealing indicator of a city’s overall driving culture,” says Rohart.
“Firstly, it’s a measure of the aggressiveness of its drivers, and secondly, it exposes the level of frustration experienced due to stressful city driving conditions like traffic and congestion.”
Other headline findings included:
For the full report and methodology, go to 2019 Driving Cities Index
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