When thinking about risks posed during travel overseas, it is often tempting to think about high profile incidents such as terrorist attacks, hijackings or tsunamis for example. In reality, however, the risks facing an average traveller are often quite different and frequently overlooked.

The biggest risk most travellers will face will be illness or car accident. The latter can be a notorious killer but because incidents tend not to make the international news, it is easy to forget how serious a risk car accidents can be. This is particularly the case in countries with insufficient hospital facilities, poorly-maintained infrastructure and/or bad driving practices. The following countries are deemed to have the highest road accident fatality rates where travellers need to be especially careful when driving:

Dominican Republic
Eritrea
Guinea-Bissau
Iraq
Libya
Nigeria
Oman
South Africa
Thailand
Venezuela

While Iraq, Libya and Nigeria might not be typical tourist destinations, millions of people visit Oman, South Africa, Thailand and the Dominican Republic each year.

The following countries are also deemed to have a very high road accident fatality rate. Again, several might not be at the top of your ideal holiday destination bucket list, but several are visited on a regular basis, sometimes for tourism but often for business.

Angola
Benin
Botswana
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cape Verde
Cameroon
Chad
China
Comoros
Cote d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Djibouti
Ecuador
El Salvador
Gabon
Ghana
Guyana
Iran
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Malaysia
Mali
Mauritania
Namibia
Niger
Paraguay
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Syria
Tanzania
Uganda
Uruguay
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia

So before you travel to a new country, be sure to check its road accident fatality rate, then choose your transportation accordingly.

Road Traffic Accidents
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