The reason that most of us go on holiday is to get some much-needed relaxation or spend time doing something that we enjoy. The last thing that any holidaymaker wants is to suffer an accident abroad. Not only are the injuries caused usually painful and distressing, but also they can also be very costly. It goes without saying that knowledge is power when it comes to avoiding an accident abroad. Here is a guide to some accidents that can occur overseas and advice on how you can best avoid them.
When travelling abroad many people worry about the about the possibility of a plane crash. In fact, flying is actually one of the safest modes of transport, with very few accidents occurring given the number of miles that are covered each day.
Driving in a different country can be daunting for some and is unfortunately associated with the greatest proportion of accidents and fatalities for holidaymakers. However, there are measures you can take to minimise the risks. Ensure that you swot up on local road laws which may be different to those you are used to – particularly speed limits. For example, the speed limits in many European countries are given in km/h rather than mph used in the UK.
If you hire a car, it may be worthwhile taking the time to get used to the feel of the car before you drive on any busy roads.
Accommodation is another aspect of your holiday that it’s advisable to pay attention to if you are to avoid an accident while abroad; not least as it is a potential area of unfamiliarity. Take care when walking around the resort and be aware of your surroundings.
If you’re staying in a hotel, it’s worth making sure that the hotel swimming pool has a lifeguard – and if you have children with you make sure that you keep an eye on them while they are swimming. Check that proper hygiene practices are in place where food is consumed.
Make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the fire safety procedures and know where the nearest fire exit to your room is.
Finally, many overseas accidents can occur whilst on a day out, particularly if you are visiting somewhere like a historical ruin. Such places can be poorly maintained and therefore require appropriate footwear or other clothing so that they can be safely negotiated.
While on a beach holiday, many of us enjoy taking part in water sports. Fun though they may be, these activities also have the potential to be extremely dangerous. Make sure that there are adequate safety precautions in place, such as the supply of life jackets and that instructors are properly qualified.
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