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      Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski

      Traffic accidents are one of the major causes of death whilst travelling. The poor condition of the roads, the absence of alcohol checks, overcrowded buses, different interpretations of traffic rules - sometimes resulting in dangerous driving - and the lack of seatbelts all play a role in this. In addition, specialised medical assistance is not always available in the area.

      Trains, aircraft and cruise ships are generally safe, but overcrowding or poor maintenance can also result in unsafe situations here.  

      Risk areas

      The risk of traffic accidents is particularly high in the developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


      Driving yourself

      Do not drive yourself in countries with a poor road infrastructure and unclear traffic rules.

      This also applies to scooters. Use a helmet if you do decide to drive a scooter.  

      Travelling as a passenger

      Do not travel on night buses  or overcrowded buses.  

      Do not travel on open trucks.


      Check for the presence of seat belts in rental cars and taxis and use them. 

      Ensure that your children are safely strapped in in cars and taxis. Take a car seat with you or rent one on arrival. 

      Never drive after consuming alcohol.

      Travel assistance insurance

      Take out good Travel assistance insurance and check the terms and conditions.

      Do you have an accident abroad? Call your travel assistance insurance for help.

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