5 Places in the World You Never Want To Drive

These destinations rank the highest for driver dissatisfaction

For many Americans, there is nothing quite as romantic as a fast car and the open road. In many parts of North America, driving is the primary way of getting around the city and  through the countryside. However, not all cultures share the same affinity for motoring. For example: renting a car in Europe is very expensive, and may require purchasing a supplemental rental car insurance policy without proof of credit card insurance.

Furthermore, different cultures have different rules about driving on public roads. Having an International Driving Permit may not be enough – instead, you may have to prepare yourself for a chaos unlike any other you may experience in your normal commute.

When it comes to driving, there are some places the average driver does not want to be caught behind the wheel. According to driving and navigation app Waze, here are five parts of the world you do not want to drive in.

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    The Philippines

    Overhead of jeepneys clogging main road of Divisoria Market, Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, South-East Asia
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    The Philippines have a lot to offer to tourists. From the many memorials dating back to World War II, to the older parts of the city, there is much to see across the island. However, experts recommend you find a way to see them other than driving.

    As a country, the Philippines ranked as one of the worst places in the world to drive, based on overall driver satisfaction. As a city, Manila ranked as the worst city in the world for overall traffic problems, which include traffic jams, poor roads, lack of roadside service, and severity of incidents. For those going anywhere in the Philippines, may we suggest considering all other methods of transportation before driving?

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    Central America

    Boulevard de los Heroes with Banco Cuscatlan at right.
    ••• The Boulevard de los Heroes in San Salvador, El Salvador. Anthony Plummer/Getty Images

    El Salvador ranked worst overall on the Waze Global Driver Satisfaction index, followed immediately by northern neighbor Guatemala. Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama also ranked in the top 10 worst countries to drive in, with drivers reporting an overall dissatisfaction with their experience on the roads. Because of known problems with local authorities, some of the worst places to drive are also known as some of the most corrupt nations in the world.

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    South America

    Overhead view of peak hour traffic, Bogota, Colombia
    ••• Bogota, Colombia. Krzysztof Dydynski

    In South America, Venezuela and Colombia ranked as the two of the top worst nations to drive in. With a total satisfaction ranking of 3.3 (on a scale of one to ten), Colombia is not only one of the most dangerous nations in the world, but also one of the worst to drive in as well.

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    Indonesia

    Traffic lines the streets of Kuta.
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    While many people love the serene coastal beauty of Bali, other parts of Indonesia remain some of the most dangerous places for travelers to visit. In addition to the potential for crime and natural disaster, urban Indonesia offers another challenge for drivers to navigate: traffic and other motorists.

    Overall, the nation netted an average satisfaction score of 3.7, and featured eight cities with poor driving experiences across the country (including Jakarta). Driver safety is something every motorist should consider: in 2014, automobile accidents were the single deadliest threat to Americans traveling abroad.

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    Romania

    Bucharest, Romania
    ••• Bucharest, Romania. David Sutherland/Getty Images

    Many countries in Europe follow driving laws similar to those of the United States, allowing for American drivers to easily transition while abroad. However, some countries are less friendly to drive in than others. Across Europe. Romania ranks as the worst country for motoring tourists.

    Romania was the only European country to appear in the top ten of the Waze worst driver satisfaction list, raking 3.7 on a scale of one to ten. This user-initiated ranking put the nation on pace with Ecuador and Indonesia as some of the worst places to drive in the world. The consensus is clear: locals don't recommend driving in Romania.