Be aware of the risks
When it comes to road trips, “most of us spend more time creating our sightseeing itinerary than on planning a safe traffic route,” points out Rochelle Sobel, president of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) in Rockville, Maryland. That’s a problem, she adds, given that road accidents are the single biggest cause of death of North Americans travelling abroad (an estimated 50 Canadians die each year). And 90 percent of all road deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries. “It’s true that travellers don’t give as much attention to health and safety beyond getting vaccinated,” says Dr. Jay Keystone, director of Medisys Travel Health and Immunization Clinic Toronto.
Here are some other essential things you should do to stay safe.