How it works:
- Traffic fatality rate (WHO’s data):
- 13.5 per 100,000 inhabitants per year
- #109 highest globally (relatively safe) – 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report
- Watch out for:
- Primary highways: speeding on Route 1 (Montevideo and Colonia), Route 2 (Rosario and Fray Bentos) and Ruta Interbalnearia (Montevideo and Punta del Este)
- Secondary roads: unlighted, lack pavement markings, stop signs, traffic lights
- Poor driving standards: not signalling when changing lanes, going the wrong way on one way streets, ignoring stop signs and traffic lights
- Difficult to navigate: winding roads and hilly terrain
- Heavy traffic: during summer beach season (December to March) and Carnaval (mid-late February)
- Vehicle maintenance: poor
- Other transport:
- Public buses: can be crowded and be a target of thieves
- Taxis: equipped with a thick glass partition to protect the driver from crime. Hence there is a potential of sustaining an injury if the driver brakes and sends you hurtling into the partition.
What to do:
- Check the latest media reports and weather forecast.
- Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.
- 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