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Accidents on the road!

Brigitte Marchand Brigitte Marchand     2561 pageviews


Travel often involves different means of transportation, by car, train, plane, boat, etc.

Recently, while visiting Amsterdam for the second time, I was again impressed by the density of bicycle traffic intermingling with other vehicles: motorcycles, cars, trams, etc.

Amsterdamers are really fortunate, in that all the roadways are also designed for bikes. Wow! Immediately I wanted to try out this mode of transportation, which at first sight seemed user-friendly, risk-free and good for physical fitness. What could be better?

Cyclistes à AmsterdamBut hold on! When you hop on a bike, you enter an obstacle course, because the traffic safety code in this seductive city is almost nonexistent. Although this situation is ideal for developing reflexes, it involves obvious risks of all kinds of incidents or accidents. You feel a certain danger right away, and I can tell you that even the three teenagers who were travelling with me had the same impression! Accidents always happen too fast, you often hear!

Most of the time, when you’re on a trip, unless you adopt an all-inclusive package  or opt for an organized tour, you want to immerse yourself in a country’s lifestyle. Travel health statistics show that traffic accidents, all categories combined, rank first among injuries that sometimes require hospitalization. Heart patients are number one in repatriations due to illness, an honour they’d prefer not to have! I wanted to discuss these topics with you, because too often people neglect before departure to check whether their travel insurance coverage exists or is adequate, for all family members. It is even suggested that for some destinations, such as the United States, hospitalization coverage should be capped at two million dollars instead of one million.

A travel health professional can inform you about the risks, depending on the type of trip you’re planning to take, and tell you what kinds of behaviour we consider risky. They’ll recommend precautions. For example, don’t drive at night in Africa, and avoid accepting a ride offered by someone you just happen to meet, especially at night, to any destination. Also, if possible, when you’re going on an excursion, don’t leave alone...

During your meeting with one of our professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to have your vaccination booklet checked. We will suggest that you update certain vaccinations, if necessary, such as the tetanus shot, which is always essential in case of injuries.

Safe behavior is crucial when you’re on a trip, and travel health professionals can inform you on this subject. We cover all the themes, depending on the type of traveller you are: various forms of rash behaviour, sexual behaviour, trying new foods...

By considering the risks, or at least knowing what precautions to take, you can avoid the worst.

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Brigitte Marchand 


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