The good news is, European roads are still the safest roads in the world, when compared with the number of fatalities that happen globally.
The number of people killed in road accidents is reducing year on year:
Number of people killed on the roads
Although this reduction is good news, there is a significant difference between EU member states. Whilst the UK was amongst one of the countries with the lowest fatality rates, other countries including Poland and Bulgaria did not fair so well.
Fatality rate per million inhabitants
Which roads are the safest in the EU?
According to a report by the EU Commission, motorways were the safest means of getting about; this is in comparison to driving on rural roads. It found that 55% of road fatalities happened on rural roads in comparison to just 8% on motorways. It is also important to note that the safety on the EU roads is improving overall, with safety records improving year on year since 2010.
Road fatalities by user:
% Of victims
Driving within the EU has never been safer as the number of accidents, serious injuries and fatalities is at its lowest on record, however it always pays to be prepared and take care when driving in a different country, that's why we have produced our Drive Smart Guide
to help our customers drive safely and enjoy the benefits of renting a car. We have also looked at the Safest Rental Cars
you can hire with Rhino.