Vehicle-related accidents are a major cause of accidental deaths of US citizens abroad. Especially in developing countries, taxi and bus drivers may take far more risks than in the US—overloading vehicles, ignoring stoplights, driving recklessly on mountain roads and failing to use headlights.
Self-defense: Avoid traveling at night, especially in rural areas. Sit in the backseat, and buckle up. Don't ride in taxis that don't have seat belts in the backseat. Road safety information: Road reports for individual countries are available from Association for Safe International Road Travel Qmtw. asirt.org).
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