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
  • Buses/Taxis
  • 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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About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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