Every year, more Americans are killed in car accidents abroad than any other travel-related factors like illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is important to drive safely when you’re abroad. After all, there is no vaccine that can prevent an accident.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 50% of all medical evacuations back to the United States from foreign countries are the result of car accidents.
Car accidents are a major risk for American travellers, because so many travellers choose to drive or ride motorcycles when they are in a foreign country. Very often, people don’t realize that getting around in a foreign country on your own may be independent, fun and exciting, but it does come with its share of danger.
To drive safely in a foreign country, make sure that you always wear seat belts, and make sure that your child is also in a car seat, even if you’re holidaying in a country that doesn’t require all children to be safely strapped in or all motorists to be buckled in.
It’s easy to forget that you’re on vacation when you’re in a foreign land, but it is still important to practice the same kind of safe driving techniques that you would back in the United States. Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, and if you are in a developing country on holiday, avoid driving at night.
Avoid riding motorcycles in a foreign country. If you must ride one, always wear a helmet.
Be aware of the local traffic laws, when you decide to rent a car.
If you’re using a taxi, only use taxis that have seat belts, and avoid riding in overcrowded buses or vans. These may not follow proper safety precautions.