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Where’s the best place to be a driver? With our potholed roads and frequently congested city streets, you probably don’t think it’s the UK. In fact, you may not be surprised if the UK was towards the bottom of any road ranking. The good news is, we’re not. There are some places in the world where the traffic is so congested you wonder how anyone ever gets anywhere.
There’s more good news for hard-pressed UK drivers. We have one of the best records in the world for road safety. That’s compared to some roads in the world where safety is so shocking it borders on scandalous. However, it’s not quite time to get out the bunting and begin baking the celebration cup cakes. The UK has a long way to go before it can match the best for drivers on a daily basis.
The best countries for safety
First the good news. One area where the UK is world class is in road safety. According to the International Traffic Data Safety and Analysis Group which analyses information from 32 countries around the world we’re in third place with 2.9 deaths per 100,000 people. Only Sweden on 2.8 and Iceland on 1.2 were better.
The best place for drivers
Whatever you do, don’t call it Top Gear. On Friday 18 November, petrolheads around the world will be tempted to take a cheeky sick day, as they get their first chance to watch Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in action together on The Grand Tour.
The three troublemakers have been doing their best to avoid controversy since the BBC decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, last March.
But now they’re back and the carnage can recommence, with an all-new car show that will continue to play on the relationship between the ‘three middle aged blokes’ as much as it will celebrate some of the most incredible things on four wheels.
The first episode will be made available through Amazon Prime on 18 November. The Grand Tour has agreed a deal with Amazon for three series over three years, with 12 episodes in each. Here’s what to expect…
A Bentley Continental GT V8 S makes for the perfect catch for Hammond (Picture © BBC)
For Top Gear episode 2, our intrepid trio of men behaving badly took to the Australian Outback to test three grand tourers – better know as GT cars. Taking on ‘the most manly proving ground of them all’ they used the cars to round up a small-ish herd of 4,000 cows on a three million acre farm (‘the same size as the south east of England’). Continue reading
No longer looking for trouble: Top Gear’s three wise men Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May. (Picture © Top Gear Live)
Top Gear returns to BBC2 on Sunday (25 January) and the men behaving badly have claimed that the new series will be on its best behaviour. Continue reading