We’ve put together this advice to help you stay safe on the roads abroad:
Find out about local traffic laws before you drive in any country overseas.
Always wear a seatbelt and use car seats for young children.
Don’t drink and drive.
Bear in mind that roads in developing countries may be poorly maintained and badly lit and that fellow road users may drive erratically.
Try to avoid travelling by car in a developing country at night.
If you get a taxi, stick to licensed operators and cars with seatbelts.
Take extra care crossing the road, remember which way the traffic is coming from and don’t always expect cars to slow down for you.
Avoid motorbikes and quadbikes, but if you absolutely have to ride one, wear a helmet and check that your travel insurance covers you.
Resist the temptation to travel on overcrowded or top-heavy buses.
Remember that bag snatching from cars at traffic lights and in traffic jams can be a problem in some countries. If you’re in a car or taxi, keep windows and doors closed and locked when you’re not moving.
Trust your gut. If you feel that a bus, car, taxi or any other mode of transport isn’t safe, avoid it.