KATHMANDU: Calgary has been ranked as the best place in the world to drive.
Likewise, the multi-lane highways, low petrol prices and a relatively low incident rate of road rage have qualified the city of Dubai to take the second spot for the second-best city in the world for driving.
A French-based survey was released on Wednesday, ranking 100 global cities to determine which were the best, and worst, destinations for drivers.
According to the report, Ottawa and Bern, Switzerland were ranked third and fourth respectively.
The results indicated that drivers in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia experienced the most incidents of road rage, while drivers in Osaka, Japan experienced the least.
The study took three factors into consideration when drawing up comparisons and how to decide which city made a good location to drive: infrastructure, safety, and costs.
“Despite advances in the accessibility of transportation, cars remain the most commonly used mode of transport in the world. Whether running on fuel or electric power, cities will continue to have to make adjustments so that they can accommodate the flow of vehicles,” said Sebastien Rohart, Managing Director of Mister Auto.
“Our study shows that while many cities already have the infrastructure and legislation in place, there’s still a lot of work to be done towards making driving safe and affordable across the board,” he said.
To determine a city’s infrastructure, a number of factors were examined, such as the number of cars per capita, traffic congestion, road, and public transport quality, among others. Air quality levels were also investigated in order to determine the city’s commitment to providing fresh air and good visibility for its drivers and citizens alike.
Finally, the costs associated with driving in each city were evaluated, including not only the price of combustibles and annual road tax paid in each location but also the purchase parity of each country to determine how affordable driving was for its inhabitants.
Source: Driving Cities Index 2019