April 1, 2013
Over one million people are killed in road accidents worldwide every year. Hundreds of U.S. citizens are among those killed and injured in road accidents. Many of these victims are bystanders or pedestrians. No matter where you are in the world, wearing a seat belt is critical; please protect yourself and buckle-up at all times both while abroad and in the United States.
We strongly encourage you to read about road safety in your destination country before you go there. There is a Road Safety section in every Country Specific Information page. It is important to understand the rules of the road in your destination so that you can make plans for safe transportation.
Please keep the following road safety and security factors in mind when preparing for your trip, depending on your specific destination:
Potential Hazards and Dangerous Road Conditions:
Consider Local Laws and Driving Culture:
Vehicle Safety Considerations:
Road Safety and Security
The Overseas Security Advisory Council provides information about personal security and safety while traveling abroad.
In addition, the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) provides information for American families and business travelers about driving overseas.
Reporting and Resources on International Road Safety
U.S. Government Links
Road Safety Statistics / Databases / Resources