Sharing the Road Safely in a Strange Land: Resources for World Travelers2 min read
We recently highlighted the five-year initiative to reduce traffic fatalities in ten countries. It’s led by a consortium of impressive organizations (see below). But if you’re taking to the roads of a foreign country, there are resources available to improve the odds against becoming a statistic. The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) publishes detailed, extensive and very helpful Road Travel Reports for 150 countries. If you look over the sample they provide for Peru, you’ll find nine pages covering topics such as these:
- Driver Behaviors
- Road Conditions
- Pedestrian Concerns
- Night Travel
- Seasonal Travel
- Police Enforcement/Road Regulations
- Dangerous Roads
- Crime/Off-limits areas
- Tourist Assistance
It’s an impressive and extremely practical compilation. If “Know Before You Go” is your motto, these reports are for you. To help fulfill its not-for-profit mission, ASIRT asks for donations to entitle you to download the reports. There are four different levels of participation starting at $30. A $150 donation enables you to download up to ten countries.
Joining ASIRT, Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization in the consortium operating in the ten targeted countries are the World Bank, Global Road Safety Partnership and the EMBARQ arm of the World Resources Institute. We will continue to dig into the good work they are doing around the world and report our findings.
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