Car and transportation accidents are the number one cause of incident or death to travelers in foreign countries. UW-Madison discourages you from renting or driving vehicles while abroad.
In some cities it can be dangerous to hail cabs off the street. Learn about safer rides by talking to local friends and program support staff for guidance. In some locations, unofficial cabs may be working alongside thieves to later rob their passenger, or take them to an ATM to forcefully withdraw cash.
Additional tips for safe riding include:
- Avoid traveling late at night or riding with a driver who appears intoxicated, irrational.
- Always ride in the back seat of a taxi cab, behind the driver. Do not allow the driver to pick up other passengers off the street.
- Wear seat belts whenever possible.
- Keep car doors locked and windows closed, especially at traffic lights.