Before You start
- Plan your route
- Prepare carefully for your journey. Check the weather forecast and plan the route in detail.
- Give your car a technical check-up
- Before setting off, check your car for its technical fitness, for instance the tyre pressure, oil level. See whether you have enough fuel in the tank and windscreen liquid.
- Secure your baggage
- Arrange your baggage in the car or boot so as to prevent its shifting while driving or rapid braking.
- Plan your journey time
- Plan your journey so that you have enough time to give yourself a break, especially if you have a long way to go.
- Do not drive, if you are tired or have had a drink
- Never sit behind the wheel if you have had a drink, whatever the reason. Even the tiniest alcohol content in the blood reduces driving skills. Being tired, you also run a higher accident risk.
- Buckle up
- Buckle up, before you begin the journey. Make sure that all vehicle occupants are wearing seatbelts as well. Remember that in the vent of a control, you as the driver are responsible for all passengers to wear seatbelts. Check, when applicable, whether the special child seat is properly and firmly buckled.
In the event of
- Wear a reflective vest
- Wearing a reflective vest is an absolute must. It does not matter, whether you intend to change a tyre, or replenish your windscreen liquid, or perhaps you are giving first aid to the injured, or walking along the emergency lane to reach the nearest emergency phone.
- Move the damaged car off the traffic lane
- If you cannot avoid stopping because your car has broken down, get it as far right as you can. If possible, leave the car through the right door facing the road shoulder. Take your passengers out and lead them beyond the side barrier. If you are travelling with a pet, leave it in the car, or keep it under close control behind the barrier.
- Get help
- Get help if your car has broken or is involved in a crash. You can use the emergency telephones along the motorway. You will find one every two kilometres on each side of the road, therefore never cross the motorway to reach the emergency phone. If you have a mobile phone on you, it will be quicker, i.e. safer to use it straight away. Call the emergency number: 112, or the Motorway Management Centre directly at: +48 58 530 66 66. If the incident involves victims, follow the road accident procedure.
- Warn other drivers
- In the event of a motorway incident, the first thing to do is to warn others. Turn on your warning lights and put up the warning triangle. You can actually use anything to warn the oncoming drivers – anything that will be visible at a distance like e.g. extra strobe lights on the roof. In practice, instead of warning others, drivers inspect the damages and estimate their loss. Remember, a warning from you translates to safety of yourself, your passengers, and other road users. Do not take the oncoming cars by surprise. Before you choose the place for your warning triangle check whether you are not out of view because of the bend or hill you have just negotiated. The braking distance on the motorway exceeds 100 metres. At the speed of 140 km/h it can even be 140 metres. The response time is also longer. Therefore, for safety, you can put up your triangle at least 100 metres ahead of your car. Extending the distance is not against the law. You will contravene the regulations, if you put your warning sign right after the vehicle or neglect to put it up at all in belief that the warning lights will suffice. They will not be enough. While carrying the triangle keep to the road shoulder, not the lane. Walking on the road you are a real threat.