What is the speed limit on motorways in Spain? Do I have to wear a helmet when cycling in Sweden? What safety accessories should I always have in my car when driving in Slovakia?
People who go on a trip or vacation by car no longer have to spend a lot of time to find this information. They can have it on hand wherever they are, thanks to the European Commission's new Going abroad smartphone app.
The application is available for iPhone, iPad and phones with Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone in 22 languages. In addition to traffic information in all EU countries, the app includes a road safety quiz and a memory game that passengers can have fun on long car journeys.
Of course, the app should never be used while driving - drivers should leave this to their companions or stop to rest and find the necessary data.
The application includes information on all topics related to the highest risk of accidents - speed limits, alcohol use, traffic lights, mobile phone use and more. It also contains information on the obligations to use seat belts in cars and safety helmets when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
The application of the application at the beginning of the summer holidays is quite timely, because July and August are the "deadliest" months in terms of road traffic with about 50% more deaths than in the "safest" month, February.
Road safety efforts have made significant progress in recent years. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of road deaths in the EU decreased by a total of 43%. Between 2010 and 2013, it fell by another 17%.
The strategic goal is to halve the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020 and to focus efforts in the EU on reducing the number of serious injuries. The new mobile application is one of many road safety initiatives at EU level.