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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Staying safe on night coaches abroad

    Travelling on night coaches abroad can be risky business. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

    Staying safe on night coaches abroad

    Before you step onto night coaches abroad:

    • Check out the route at local travel advisories. If there are warnings about common accidents at night and/or robberies, it may be safer to use a day coach.
    • Make sure to use a reputable coach company with well-maintained buses. In Kenya, for instance, many companies use buses that are accidents on the road waiting to happen.

    The cheapest night coaches are often the most dangerous, as well as uncomfortable. Before you buy your ticket, take a look:

    • At the bus to see if it is well maintained (i.e. are tyres bald, loose bits hanging off, substantial dents, etc.)
    • At the seats and consider whether you can imagine being comfortable in them all night

    You should also check whether there will be two drivers to cover the journey or a single driver for the entire night. If you are concerned in any way, you should consider splashing out on a slightly more expensive overnight coach of higher quality.

    Picking your seat

    Choose your seat carefully. Sitting in the middle is typically the most comfortable and, according to safety experts, the safest in the case of accidents on the road. If possible, state your preference when purchasing your ticket. Take care when choosing who to sit next to, too.

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    Keeping valuables safe on night coaches abroad

    To keep your valuables safe, consider investing in an anti-theft backpack (and wear it at the front), preferably with a:

    • Steel bag & backpack protector
    • Adjustable locking cable

    You may also want to consider getting a neck passport holder & wallet and/or a waist pack that is splash-proof. Make sure to spread your valuables out, rather than keeping them all in one place.

    When things go wrong

    If the worst happens and you are involved in a night coach accident, you could be entitled to coach passenger injury compensation. If you believe you may have a coach accident claim, call us, Accident Advice Helpline, for expert compensation advice and expert representation by experienced, 100% no-win, no-fee* in-house injury solicitors.

    Freephone helpline

    Our freephone advice line is open 24/7, obligation-free and confidential. To speak to an advisor, dial 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline or 0333 500 0993 if you are using your mobile to call us.

    Date Published: May 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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