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Transportation Safety Abroad

Transportation related incidents are among the most common tragedies for Americans traveling abroad.

We do not recommend that students rent a vehicle or drive any vehicle while outside the USA.

Traffic laws, patterns and practices are often very different than in the USA and American travelers are often not prepared to navigate safely in another country.  Additionally, road signs are often unfamiliar and/or in another language, thus leading to driving safety issues.
  • Do not ride in a vehicle with anyone but a local, licensed and alert driver
  • Do not ride in a vehicle with any driver that is intoxicated and/or impaired
  • Use extra caution that a vehicle is in good working condition and appropriate for passenger safety
We support the work of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) and employs its Transportation Safety Checklists and Road Safety Tool Box for Study Abroad in staff training, student orientations, travel planning, and vetting of transportation providers.

Please visit ASIRT’s website at for more information about this organization and its road safety initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.

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