Driving in Complete Safety
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UNATTENDED PETROL STATIONS - RURAL AREAS
ALL MOTORISTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT MANY UNATTENDED PETROL STATIONS STILL DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS ISSUED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE ONLY CARDS NORMALLY ACCEPTED AT THESE SITES ARE FRENCH ISSUED CARDS.
GOOD NEWS: WE HAVE BEEN RELIABLY INFORMED THAT SOME OF THESE PETROL STATIONS ARE NOW ACCEPTING U.K. ISSUED CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS. IT WOULD APPEAR TO BE THOSE CLOSE TO FERRY TERMINALS. HOWEVER THERE IS A SLIGHT DOWNSIDE, SO PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY AS YOU CAN ONLY DRAW UP TO 90€ OF FUEL AT ONE FILLING AND CANNOT RESTART THE PUMP TO GET A SECOND FILLING.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THESE SITES:
• INSERT CARD
• SELECT LANGUAGE
• ENTER PIN NUMBER
• ENTER VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER
• ENTER VEHICLE MILEAGE
• SELECT PUMP
• REMOVE CARD
• FILL VEHICLE
• INSERT CARD
• ENTER PIN NUMBER
• COLLECT RECEIPT
• REMOVE CARD
DRIVING IN FOG
In the event of fog always use dipped headlights or fog lights and not just sidelights. Adapt your speed and distance to the conditions of visibility. Use your windscreen wipers regularly. Be very aware of the presence of the motorbikes and scooters (their red lights are not very visible) and especially pedestrians. Do not exceed the speed limits on single lane roads. Use your trafficators in plenty of time so that other road users are aware of your intentions.
Snow always reduces visibility and creates icy road conditions.
* Always drive on dipped headlights
* Reduce your speed
* Use your engine as a brake
* Do not accelerate or brake sharply
* Keep your demisters on a very warm setting.
* Direct warm air towards the windscreen to avoid the windscreen wipers freezing to the windscreen.
NO SMOKING POLICY ON-BOARD FERRIES
All ferry companies aim to provide the highest standards of passenger services on board all their ships and to actively listen to all feedback that they receive from their customers.
They are aware that a considerable number of their passengers have been telling them that they would appreciate a non-smoking environment whilst travelling with them and they have therefore been giving this their careful consideration.
The vast majority of Ro-Pax ships are now non-smoking vessels for the following reasons that they believe are very valid in today’s environmental climate.
* The health and safety of their crews and passengers is of paramount importance to them and they believe that the introduction of this policy will ensure a cleaner, healthier travel experience for everyone
* Many of their passengers travel with young children, and passengers who accompany them have told them they would prefer a non-smoking environment for their children
* There is already legislation in Ireland, and some other countries, to ensure workers can work in a smoke-free environment to protect their health and they believe the introduction of this policy demonstrates their commitment to following best practice in the workplace for the staff on their ships
* They believe this policy would eliminate one of the potential fire hazards on board their ships
They do, of course, recognise that they carry passengers who do wish to smoke and they are therefore providing designated sheltered areas on the outside decks to accommodate them.
The ferry companies see the introduction of this policy as a positive step forward and they trust that their passengers will co-operate fully with their staff in ensuring that the non-smoking policy is adhered to.
Please Note: Most ferry companies will fine travellers who smoke in cabins. This is enforced by charging fine to the Debit/Credit Card used to make the booking.
TOWING A CARAVAN OR TRAILER
When you tow a caravan or trailer you are really the occasional driver of articulated vehicle, and will be confronted with problems of control, of unusual braking and handling. As such you should never exceed the 90 km/h, as you are now required to obey the rules that apply to articulated vehicles. Respect the local speed limits and pay particular attention on descents where there is a crosswind. In order to decrease the natural tendency of a caravan to wander due to the undulations on a motorway, take the following precautions before starting your journey: - Check the tyre pressures of all tyres including the spare wheel. Check all tow bars and tow hitches are in good condition, including the electrical systems. Distribute evenly and fasten the loads inside according to manufacturer's data sheets.
If the car-caravan combination is longer than 7 metres, you must ensure there is a gap of 50 metres between you and the vehicle in front.
On sections of motorways with more than two lanes, you can use only the two lanes on the right-hand side, even to overtake. As you are now prohibited from using the third or possibly the fourth lanes. Should the police stop you for ignoring this prohibition you are likely to be heavily fined and possibly have your licence withdrawn on the spot.
Because of under-inflation of tyres, punctures on motorway are twice as frequent with caravans and trailers.
OUR WISH IS FOR YOU TO BE SAFE ON OUR ROAD AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY
• Work out your route carefully before setting off.
• Make sure your vehicle is well prepared.
• Make sure you are well rested before setting off and stop frequently.
• Comply with safety distances.
• Keep within speed limits and adapt your speed to the circumstances
• When it is very hot, take extra care. Check the state of your tyres regularly.
• Always fasten your seatbelt when travelling, in both front and rear seats.
• Make sure that all passengers are properly secured: more than 500 lives per year would be saved if everyone followed this rule.
• In a head-on collision at 70 km/h, an adult weighing 60 kg is transformed into a projectile of 1.8 tonnes!
• Without a seatbelt, a back-seat passenger is just as likely to be thrown out of the car as someone in the front, or could smash into the driver causing death or serious injury.
• Remember to fully equip yourself and your passenger.
• Do up your helmet.
• Even when it is hot: wear thick, resistant clothing, gloves and closed shoes, which protect your ankles.
• As of 2 March 2007, with a view to improving their safety and making you more visible to other drivers, all riders of two-wheeled vehicles must travel with their headlights dipped at all times (the existing requirement for motorbikes now includes light motorcycles and mopeds).
ADVICE FOR HGV DRIVERS
General rules for continent-to-UK traffic.
To avoid the risk of financial penalties from the British Customs & Excise and Immigration authorities, please ensure that you comply with the procedures and simple advice given in this summary of the Code of Practice :
1. * loading :
2. - Check the tarpaulin (your ladder must be long enough to allow you to inspect the top). Repair all new tears. Note the total number of repairs in a log book (the log should be kept by the driver).
- Carry out a full inspection of the TIR cord, including the front (facing the cab) and the trailer.
- Ensure that your load is tightly packed, with no spaces. Alternatively, leave enough space between the items loaded in the trailer to allow a full inspection. If the truck is loaded right up to the door of the trailer, it is impossible to carry out a visual inspection without unloading the entire contents.
* while travelling and at each stopover :
Stops and driver rest periods should be scheduled as far away from terminals as possible.
- Carry out a full inspection of the vehicle and, when passing through the "inspection tunnels", notify staff of any new holes that have appeared since loading.
- Check under the chassis, on both sides of the trailer. Check the toolbox, luggage holds, etc.
These inspections must be noted in a log book kept by the driver. The log book must be presented to the authorities. It is the only proof of compliance with the Code of Practice.
Moreover, very stringent inspections have been introduced in the "Tourism" sector to check all foot passengers (cars, camper vans, coaches) to prevent any illegal immigrants boarding ferries.
In normal weather, these are the minimum distances to maintain from the vehicle in front
On motorways use the length of two lines along the hard shoulder (90 metres). On other roads count two seconds between the moment the vehicle in front of you passes a fixed reference point and the time it takes you to pass this same reference point.
Beware! It takes almost twice as long to stop on wet roads.
In all circumstances, your speed must not exceed 50 km/h if visibility is below 50 metres.
DRIVING IN TUNNELS
In a tunnel, the risks of accidents are very often compounded by the containment of the place and the visibility sometimes reduced. For greater security of all, it is imperative to respect certain rules:
A number of rules and recommendations specifically apply to driving in tunnels:
• Always comply with the speed limits (in general 70 km/h)
• Always comply with overhead gantry signs
• Turn on your dipped headlights before entering a tunnel, even if it is lit
• Take note of the safety facilities (recesses, refuges, etc.)
• Never overtake when there is only a single lane in each direction
• Never do a U-turn or drive in reverse gear
• Always maintain the required safety distance and, under normal driving conditions (70 – 150m), such as when slowing down or when vehicles are completely stationary, be sure to comply with any recommended safety distances that may be announced at the entrance to the tunnel
• Warn other road users in the event of a breakdown or a slowdown in traffic.
• Maintain the recommended safety distances, even at reduced speeds
• Never pass a fixed or flashing red light
• Never drive in a tunnel if any of the following warning lights are showing on your instrument panel
o Oil Pressure
o Battery charging
o Low Fuel
o Brake failure warning
o Engine Management
In case of traffic congestion:
• If stopped, maintain the statutory distance from the vehicle in front
• Turn off your engine if traffic is at a complete standstill
• Follow the instructions given by patrolmen, police officers
In the event of a fire, react quickly:
If possible, try to leave the tunnel with your vehicle.
If the fire is somewhat minor, try to extinguish with fire extinguishers available.
If you see smoke:
• Turn off your engine, leave the ignition key in place and leave your car with all the passengers. Exit the tunnel by the emergency exits as quickly as possible. Asphyxiation is the greatest risk in in the event of fire.
Encourage the other motorists to follow you and evacuate the tunnel
• Head toward the emergency exit nearest following the green arrows: they are about l 200 -300 meters apart and indicated by signs similar to above. These signs have recently been strengthened by a vertical green neon light
• Wait until the arrival of the emergency services in the tunnel
• Return to your vehicle when instructed to do so by the emergency services
In case of vehicle failure:
• turn on your hazard lights
• leave the tunnel with your vehicle providing you are not a risk to other road users
• if you cannot get out of the tunnel, find the nearest emergency refuge and park as close to the right-hand kerb as possible
• Call for assistance by using the nearest emergency telephone
In the event of a queues
• Turn on your hazard light
• Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
• listen to the traffic information broadcast by radio stations and watch the variable message signs.
In the event of a traffic jam
• turn on the hazard warning lights
• keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
• Tune your radio to the frequency of the Autoroute Information channel
Be aware of the regulations in force
The signs in force (C111 and C112) Decree of 11th February, 2008
Panel C111 at the entrance of a tunnel:
U-turns are prohibited
It is forbidden to stop and park outside the locations of emergency stop provided this purpose(c. route-art. R417.10-6°)
Dipped headlights are mandatory.
These roadsigns are mandatory for all road tunnels of over 300 meters. It is supplemented by a sign of extended placed below indicating the length of the work concerned by the panel C111
Panel C112 at exit of tunnel denotes the end of requirements laid down by the panel C 111. This marking is optional.
TOWARDS A GREENER EUROPE
the European Union's funding programme for projects which shift freight transport from the road to
sea, rail and inland waterways.
This means fewer trucks on the road and thus less congestion, less pollution, and more reliable and efficient transport of goods.
We actively support the project aims to free Europe's roads of an annual volume of 20 billion tonne-kilometres of freight, the equivalent of more than 700 000 trucks a year travelling between Paris and Berlin. This is not be easy. Alternative forms of transport may well be greener, cleaner and even cheaper over time, but producers, manufacturers and hauliers can be reluctant to invest in change in what is a very competitive sector of the economy.
Marco Polo incentives can make the difference. A company with a project to transfer freight from road to rail or short-sea shipping routes or inland waterways may qualify for a Marco Polo grant. So may companies aiming to avoid or reduce road transport, or offering support services like management systems, cargo control and common IT platforms or special training programmes. The programme budget for 2007-2013 is €450 million.
Find out all about Marco Polo on this site, from general programme details (About the programme) to how to obtain a grant (Getting funds) and how to manage the project (Managing a project). You can also see what Marco Polo has already achieved (Marco Polo in action).