A recent survey commissioned by car manufacturing giant, Ford (http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/travel/travel+news-266802.html), left us quite bewildered at the number of people across Europe (including the UK), who admitted they wouldn’t be able to make an emergency phone call while overseas, should the need arise. 75% have travelled by car in countries where they would have been unable to make an emergency services call in the local language.
Thousands of families in the UK travel overseas on holiday every year and one would assume that safety is a number one priority for most (and we believe it is), but the results of this survey would have us believe that there is a real lack of preparation and planning amongst families when travelling abroad; perhaps this stems from a laid-back culture, complacency or even complete oblivion that the unthinkable might happen to us?
Either way it’s astonishing that people head for far away shores where they don’t speak a word of the local language, with no plan of action, or little thought for how they might tackle an emergency situation should one occur. And let’s be honest, these are the kinds of scenarios that we can’t plan for, we don’t know when lightning will strike just as we don’t know when a language barrier could present very real problems for us should we find ourselves in a serious situation where we couldn’t communicate.
What really screams out from this survey is why are people willing to take such a gamble on their loved-ones’ safety and well-being? The truth is they’re not willing to. It is simply a case of ‘it won’t happen to me’ and until that culture starts to shift, there is little chance of change.
Just as you wouldn’t leave the UK border without adequate travel insurance, your luggage and your passport, perhaps people should think twice about leaving the UK without an ‘in case of emergency’ plan?