How it works:
- Traffic fatality rate (WHO’s data):
- 12.8 per 100,000 inhabitants per year
- #110 highest globally (relatively safe) – 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report
- Watch out for:
- High volume, high velocity traffic
- Mazy streets
- Impatient speeding drivers, lack of adherence to traffic rules
- Weak enforcement of traffic rules
- Pedestrians and animals dodging in and out of traffic
- Unmarked roads, most traffic lights malfunction
- Vehicles without lights
- Sandstorm and fog
- Public transport:
- Rail: safe between Alexandria and Cairo, but a number of past accidents
- Public buses, microbuses: hazardous driving habits
- Boats: overcrowding and poor safety standards
What to do:
- Check the latest media reports and weather forecast.
- Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.
- Avoid public transport. Use a taxi or hired driver instead and travel by air if possible.
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track road safety (e.g. roadblocks, road works, traffic disruptions, disruptions to public transport) and more for you. Click to learn more.
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Global Status Report on Road Safety (2015)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice