Road accidents are a major cause of medical evacuations for business travellers

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  • Road accidents are one of the top five causes of medical evacuations managed by International SOS.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one non-natural cause of fatalities of US citizens living, working, or travelling in foreign countries.
  • In Europe, it is estimated 60% of work accidents resulting in death are due to road crashes.
  • International SOS and Control Risks endeavour to reduce road accidents through educating business travellers and expatriates.

International SOS and Control Risks, with content contributions and guidance from GRSP, have launched a new eLearning module to help raise awareness, reduce road accidents and increase traveller safety when abroad. The online course features real-world scenarios, advice and planning tips from a range of travel and road safety experts.

‘Travel Risk: Road Safety’ was developed to help clients reduce risks to their travelling workforce. Suzy Bell, Group Product Training Director for International SOS, explains: “We developed this eLearning training to bring road safety to the forefront of a traveller’s mind. Because road travel is such a common everyday activity, there is a tendency to underestimate the risks involved. Our goal is to provide travellers and organizations with the tools to reduce risks, whilst still being able to conduct their business. Twenty minutes of online learning can make a big difference in raising awareness and prepare the business traveller to reduce – and respond to – road accidents.”.

The eLearning was developed through the combined expertise of International SOS, Control Risks and the Global Road Safety Partnership. It includes a traveller toolkit with journey management templates, checklists, best practices and links to additional travel information resources.

Julian Moro, Regional Security Director for International SOS and Control Risks, advises clients how to manage their travel security in the Middle East and North, East & Southern Africa – a region of the world with some of the highest incidents of road fatalities. He advises: “Road safety isn’t just about being a safer driver. Sometimes, the safest option is not to drive at all. If you don’t know the rules of the road, highway conditions, or local language, you may be better off arranging transportation with a trusted and vetted provider.’.

Click here for more information about road safety and the Travel Risk Awareness eLearning suite of products developed by International SOS, with support from GRSP.

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