How it works:
- Traffic fatality rate (WHO’s data):
- 18.9 per 100,000 inhabitants per year
- Global rank of #72 (relatively unsafe) – 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report
- Watch out for:
- Aggressive drivers who do not give way
- Drivers usually drive and park on pedestrian areas
- Poorly maintained roads outside major cities
- Unmarked construction sites and road hazards and with signs only in Russian
- In rural areas, encountering livestock is common, roads may be non-existent with non-existent shoulders as well
- Other transport:
- For long distance travel, either planes (have reached international standards) or rail (well developed and extensive) works well.
- Other options include inter-city buses, minibuses (marshrutka) with fixed routes but not timetables, registered taxis and unofficial taxis.
What to do:
- Check the latest media reports and weather forecast.
- Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.
- Don’t flag taxis from the streets or share cabs with others. Book a registered taxi via phone or taxi booking apps like Yandex or Gett.
- 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