Waze survey: PH is the worst place in the world to be a driver

The latest global survey undertaken by traffic navigation app Wave has found that drivers in the Philippines are among the least satisfied in the world.

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Last year, the Philippines was ranked 37th in the Waze Driver Satisfaction Index, narrowly beating El Salvador which occupied the last spot at 38th place. This year, the Philippines formally captured the dubious distinction of having the least satisfied drivers by falling to 39th place.

The driving dissatisfaction in the country was due to unhappiness with traffic jam length, commute time, and helpfulness of the driving community.

The index analyzed the driving experience of millions of monthly active Waze users in 39 countries and 217 metros to create a single numeric score, from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).

While Waze has more than 90 million monthly active users globally in more than 185 countries, Waze chose to focus on countries and metros with more than 40,000+ monthly active users to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons.

The Driver Satisfaction Index measured six qualitative and quantitative attributes to provide a good look at the overall driver experience in cities and countries worldwide.

The six key factors of the survey:

• Traffic — density and severity of traffic
• Quality – road quality and infrastructure
• Road Safety — density of accidents, road hazards and weather
• Driver Services — access to gas stations and easy parking
• Socio Economic — access to cars and impact of gas prices
• Wazeyness — Happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community


• In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has been ranked as the best place to drive (number 21 globally). Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines are ranked 30, 36, and 39 respectively.

• In contrast, Singapore is among the top five countries with the best driver services worldwide, thanks to efficient access to gas stations and easy parking. Russia, Argentina, Hungary and United States rounded out the top five.

• Globally, Venezuela is the only country with a 10 on the happiness index; Singapore scored a 2.3.

• European cities dominate the top of the overall index, occupying eight of the leading ten spots.

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