Over 200,000 students study abroad annually, benefiting from this unique and often life-altering experience. Education abroad programs have expanded their choice of destinations to include more “exotic” locations, often in developing countries. As young people travel abroad in growing numbers, the risk of being involved in a road crash increases. The risk of road crash injury or death is even greater in developing countries.
Road crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for healthy Americans traveling abroad. Young people, ages 15-24, are at greatest risk. They represent the largest number of pedestrians and users of public transportation and are more prone to taking risks.
Education Abroad Programs have many procedures and policies in place to help students avoid dangerous situations, medical emergencies and threats to personal security. However, even the most carefully conceived student orientation and crisis management plans sometimes lack a comprehensive system of addressing road safety. The need to educate and inform the education abroad community about the risks associated with road travel is paramount.
ASIRT has developed road safety resources to help education abroad professionals and risk managers plan safe itineraries, train on- and off-site staff and provide students with the tools to make safe, informed choices during their stay abroad.
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Student travelers are encouraged to prepare for their journeys by receiving vaccinations against potential disease that they may encounter while abroad. What about preparations to prevent road crashes from occuring? Pedestrians and passengers can click here to learn how to make safe road travel a priority.
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