As more travelers abroad take to the road, federal health authorities are asking Americans to take the following steps to avoid potentially dangerous and costly accidents. While an ambulance may reach you within minutes of an accident in the United States, emergency care may not be readily available in other countries.
To lower your risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- Always wear seatbelts and use car seats for children.
- Avoid riding in a car at night in a developing country.
- Do not ride motorcycles, especially without a helmet.
- Know local traffic laws.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Only use marked taxis that have seatbelts.
- Avoid overcrowded, overweight and top-heavy buses or vans.
- Be careful crossing streets, especially in countries where people drive on the left-hand-side of the road.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention