Advice for safe ride on motorway

Travel safely to your destination 

It is the time of summer holidays when most citizens use motorways to reach their holiday destination. 
Since during summer months the traffic on motorways gets denser and we would like to remind the motorway users to undertake all necessary measures to make travel to their destinations safe and comfortable. 

Please read the following tips that can help you in everyday driving situations and especially in emergencies.

Safe driving on motorway 
  • Respect speed limits on motorways 
  • Use your turn signals when overtaking or changing lane 
  • You must not stop, reverse or do a U-turn when on motorway 
  • Keep a proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you 
  • Adjust your driving to weather conditions 
  • Check the traffic situation in a rear view mirrors and stayed focused on driving. 
In case of an accident on the motorway:
  • Switch on all four turn signals and carefully pull over to an emergency lane at a safe distance. Turn the engine off and keep calm. 
  • Put on a safety reflective vest and secure the crash site with a safety triangle, if you haven't done it already. 
  • Immediately inform the police directly on the phone number 192 or through the single operating communication centre - National Protection and Rescue Directorate by dialling 112, or by using the telephone emergency poles along the motorway. 
  • Do not move injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of fire or explosion.
  • Provide first aid for the persons injured in a car accident in line with your knowledge and ability. 
  • Stay at the scene until the police have arrived. 

In case of wrong-way driving:

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  • When entering the motorway at any location (toll collection, interchanges, rest areas) be careful and watch for traffic signs to avoid entering a wrong way of the motorway. 
  • When driving on the motorway, be aware of the possibility of encountering a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, so it is recommended that when overtaking, apart from checking vehicles moving behind you, check the condition of the traffic lane in front of you. 
  • Regularly listen to traffic updates on road conditions on the radio (HR2), which will give timely information on the possible occurrence of wrong-way driving on the motorway, as well as important messages and tips for safe driving. 
  • Comply with the obligations and restrictions by changing light signals and messages on information portals. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • If you get the information about a vehicle moving in wrong direction on the part of the motorway you are travelling, reduce the driving speed to 40 km/h, and with increased caution continue driving in the right lane without overtaking with all four turn signals on. Stop the vehicle at the first rest area along the motorway and wait for the information on the termination of danger.
  • If you spotted a vehicle moving in the opposite direction on the motorway, report it immediately to the police on tel. 192 or by dialling 112 (single operational communication centre - National Protection and Rescue Directorate). You can also make a call to HAC info phone HAC 0800-0422.
  • Only when you get the information that the incident situation ended proceed with normal driving on the motorway.

If your vehicle breaks down: 

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  • If your car breaks down and there is no possibility of stopping in the parking lot along the motorway (or emergency lay-by), stop on the emergency lane (or emergency lay-by), directly at the edge of the pavement and turn on all four turn signals. 
  • Put on the warning vest and place reflective warning triangle at the prescribed distance (on the motorway the recommended distance is 100 meters).
  • With a phone call on 0800 18 18 (ORYX assistance) and 112 (operational communication centre NPRD) ask for technical assistance on the road (0-24).
  • If necessary, you can request technical and other assistance through an SOS phone along the motorway (SOS phones are spaced at 2,000 meters along the motorway, and are directly connected with the Centre for Traffic Control), where you will contact the operator for traffic control.
  • Follow the operator's instructions, and wait for the breakdown recovery service in a safe place outside the vehicle.
  • If the nature of the breakdown makes impossible to remove the car from the motorway, the motorway operator will immediately issue an order for the removal of the vehicle from the motorway to the responsible contractor at the expense of the vehicle owner, in accordance with the provisions of the Roads Act and Road Traffic Safety Act, and until the vehicle has been removed, the patrolman will properly mark the stopped vehicle.
  • The costs of the breakdown recovery borne by the user.
     
U In case of traffic jams on the motorway: 
  • Turn on all four turn signals, to warn other drivers that they are approaching the line of stopped vehicles and that they should slow down.

In case of provisional traffic regulation on the motorway 
  • Adjust your driving to the conditions on the road and warnings 
  • Follow the messages on the info-displays on traffic restrictions on some motorway sections 
  • Keep track of information on possible alternative routes 
  • All information on provisional traffic regulation on motorways will be announced regularly through HAK (Croatian Automobile Club) reports in the media and on web sites of HAC, ARZ and HAC-ONC. 
  • Users are asked to load receiver in the traffic information system, and to contact free lines 0800 0422 or 0800 0111 for any further information.   
     
In case of stormy wind:

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In summer special attention should be paid to the Velebit section of the A1 motorway, from interchange Sveti Rok to Posedarje, since in the the gale wind conditions when the wind force exceeds the limits for safe traffic, some sections of the A1 motorway are temporarily closed. 
Before travel, you need to check the weather forecast and information about road conditions.

  • Follow the messages on the info-displays on traffic restrictions on some sections of the motorway and information about alternative routes. 
  • Follow the traffic signs that indicate detours, because it will lead you back on the motorway and further on to your destination.
  • When driving on a section of motor that is struck by wind, observe the variable traffic signs for speed limits and keep a safe distance between vehicles.
     
In case of fog: 
  • Turn on the low beam and fog lights.
  • Obey the speed limit and do not overtake.
  • Drive slower in dense fog. 
  • Foresee enough time to react in emergency breaking by keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front. 

Driving in the tunnel:

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Before tunnel:

  • Turn on low beam lights
  • Remove sunglasses
  • Pay attention to traffic lights and other traffic signs 

In the tunnel:

  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you 
  • Do not exceed the maximum allowed speed 
  • Follow the signs of safety devices in tunnels and places such as the emergency exit and emergency phones 
  • In the tunnel with two-way traffic drive on the far right side of the road and never cross the centre line 
  • Never drive backwards and do not make the U-turn 
  • Stop only if absolutely necessary.

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If your vehicle breaks down in a tunnel, turn on all four turn signals, stop the vehicles at a lay by or on the far right side of the roadway, turn off the engine, exit the vehicle (minding the traffic and put on reflective vest), notify the competent rescue service using the helpline.

In the event of fire in your own vehicle when in a tunnel, turn on all four turn signals, if possible, drive your vehicle out of the tunnel, if not, stop the car at a lay by, turn off the engine and leave the ignition key in the lock, inform the competent rescue service using the helpline, extinguish fire only in the initial phase, if the fire can not be extinguished immediately leave the tunnel through the emergency exit and help the injured persons.

In the event of a fire in someone else's vehicle in the tunnel turn on the four turn signals, move away as far as possible from the vehicle on fire, stop the car at a lay by, do not drive backwards and do not make the U-turn. Turn off the engine and leave the ignition key in the lock, inform the competent rescue service using the helpline, extinguish the fire only in the initial phase, if the fire can not be extinguished, immediately leave the tunnel through the emergency exit and provide aid to the injured persons.  

In case of congestion in the tunnel turn on the four turn signals, keep the minimum 5 meter distance from the vehicle in front of you, turn off the engine, stay in the car and listen to the traffic information on the radio.