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Safety

Traffic safety:

  • Observe the signalled speed limits and stay on the right-hand carriageway as much as possible.
  • Always fasten your seat-belts (both driver and passengers, including back-seat passengers should the car be suitably equipped). Seat-belts are mandatory both in the city and on the motorways. Strap your children in their special seats.
  • Never make a U-turn and never drive in reverse. If you have missed your exit, drive on to the next one.
  • Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and travel at constant speed as much as possible.
  • Check the road often, also through the rear-view mirror, especially before pulling out to overtake, signalling your intention well in time and anyhow never make sudden manoeuvres when pulling out or getting back onto your lane.
  • Do not stop inside a tunnel or on sections lacking emergency lay-bys and, if absolutely necessary, make the stop as short as possible.
  • In a traffic jam, do not travel along the emergency lane that is reserved for rescue vehicles.
  • Do not slow down to look at road accidents or any special events occurring on the opposite carriageway or close to the motorway.
  • Check your tyre pressure before departure.
  • Be careful when using your car radio or mobile phone: use the hands-free car phone equipment and never take your eyes off the road.
  • In case of fog, turn on your fog lights and do not get too close to a fast-travelling vehicle in front of you. Follow the lines marking the lanes and slow down; if necessary, stop in a parking or service area.

In case of breakdown, illness, accident:

  • If possible, try to move your vehicle away from traffic flow, in a service or rest area or on a lay-by, if there is one.
  • Should you be unable to reach any of these safety points, park your car on the far right side of emergency lane, beyond the unbroken outer white line, making sure your car is clearly visible (flashing hazard lights, emergency triangle placed at least 100 metres behind the vehicle).
  • Then, if you do not have a mobile phone, walk along the same emergency lane, as far right as possible, to the closest SOS callbox to ask for a mechanic or healthcare (the max. distance separating 2 callboxes is 2 km). Remember to take note of the reading of the progressive kilometre sign closest to your vehicle as well as the direction you were driving in so as to specify your exact position to the personnel and be rescued as quickly as possible. By using the rescue system as indicated on the callbox, the authorities will be informed about your call for help, of the type of assistance required and where you are, and will therefore be able to send the most suitable personnel. Mechanical assistance is supplied only by organizations authorised by the Concessionaire Companies.
  • For your safety, do not cross the motorway or stop other vehicles in transit.
  • The motorway is patrolled 24 hours a day by Road Police patrols every 50 km.
  • In case of emergency, rely on the indications of the specialised personnel sent to rescue you.