Are you going away for a long weekend? Check how to prepare your car!

The Vehicle Inspection Station in Dzierżążno presents a guide on how to prepare a car for a long weekend trip!

First of all – the validity of the registration inspection and insurance.

Open the registration certificate of your car and check when its technical inspection is valid. If their validity has expired or is due to expire during the planned vacation, be sure to visit the nearest vehicle inspection station before departure. Are you wondering which Vehicle Inspection Station in the Kartuzy area to inspect? Choose the one that has been best rated by customers – it is located in Dzierżążno, by the provincial road, at 10A Kartuska Street. On-site, our experts will check, among other things: the effectiveness of the brakes, the condition of the steering system and suspension, the effectiveness of lighting, and the condition of the tires.

You don’t have to make an appointment with us – just come!

You can also pay by card without any problems.   Although the days have been getting longer recently, it is still worth remembering about the correct setting of the lights – at our stations, you can do it completely for free!

What should you check yourself before leaving?

Oil Level  Checking and topping up the oil level is an absolute minimum that you need to do before going on a long trip. It does not matter whether the car is brand new or slightly older – the oil level must always be correct.

By the way, it is worth taking a look at the levels of other operating fluids – washer fluid, brake fluid, and cooling fluid.

Necessary equipment  The warning triangle and the fire extinguisher are mandatory equipment for a car in Poland. It is also always worth equipping the car with a decent first aid kit, reflective vests, a towing rope, and jumper cables.

Travel comfort Check wipers and windows. Make sure the feathers are not chipped and cracked. If so, the wipers must be replaced. Dirty windshields or headlights reduce the comfort and safety of travel – do you want to wash your car? We invite you to one of our car washes!

Lighting  Check the efficiency of the headlamps and, if necessary, replace the bulbs with stronger ones. It is also necessary to correctly set the lights so as not to dazzle other traffic users.

Ventilation Contamination of the ventilation ducts reduces their patency and results in inefficient operation of air vents and air conditioning. It is a good idea to vacuum the sewers and outlets inside the car, clean and dry the pollen filters. It is also worth thinking about cleaning the air conditioning system.

A road safety morning for the young people

Friday, six young people from the Medico-Educational Institute (IME) of Pont-Soutain were introduced to road safety during the morning.

For Noa, Nolan, Doria, Joana, Maxime, and Emeric, the morning began with a little booster shot from two policemen from Parthenay, including Pascal Arnoux, head of the municipal police of Parthenay, on the different rules on the road and the meaning of the signs. They were accompanied by Sonia Yandané, municipal councilor responsible for road safety. After this revision of the Highway Code, the young people were able to familiarize themselves with the bikes rented from Vélo Gâtine by practicing on a bike course created for the occasion on the IME evolution platform.

The end of the morning ended with a little bike ride expected by all, in the center of Parthenay, after each participant donned the essential safety equipment such as a reflective vest and helmet. This morning was one of the most successful, both for the young people, but also for Aurane Riffé, organizer of this event.

“This little morning cycling road safety is part of a training project for the vocational diploma in youth, popular education, and sport, option Activities for all, and social animation (BPJEPS APTAS) that I am completing this year, at the Center for Resources, Expertise and Sports Performance (CREPS) in Poitiers,” explains Aurane Riffé. “This one-and-a-half-year training takes place in an apprenticeship, within the IME directed by Catherine Lafoix.”

Six tips for cycling to work

1. The most important thing is SAFETY: make yourself visible and always equip yourself with front and rear daytime running lights, a helmet, and fluoride clothing. Ideally, wear a reflective vest and light clothing. It is also important that you check your bike before leaving, do not forget that it is a vehicle that must take you safely to your destination in open traffic. Check the pressure of the wheels, the lights, and make sure that the brakes and gears are well adjusted. If there is a bike path, use it. Signpost your movements; turn left, right, and brake, in advance, use the bell and do not listen to music.

 2. EQUIP YOUR BIKE: Depending on what you need to take with you, think about putting on racks to free your back from the extra weight and heat that backpacks entail. In it, you can place one or two saddlebags to carry your clothes, laptop, towel, shoes. If you have little with you, try a basket on the handlebar. There are also other cool accessories like rearview mirrors that let you keep an eye on the traffic behind you without having to turn your neck or lose focus on what’s going on ahead. Finally, equip your bike with a basic tool kit (camera, puncture kit, multi-tool, etc.)

 3. The study which is the BEST JOURNEY: try to take safe alternatives such as bike lanes or areas with less traffic. Remember that there are times when the shortest route is not the most recommended. As a general rule, the streets parallel to the main traffic routes offer you the safest way to reach your destination.

 4. Take the trip with PEACE OF MIND: if you don’t have showers in your company, the best way to do it is calm, without rushing and without pedaling. You also have the option of getting an electric bicycle that will help you get less fatigued and in less time. You go to work, not a career. Get out early enough and pedal smoothly, don’t overstrain that will make you sweat more than you should. Leave extra clothes, toiletries, a towel, etc. in the office. This way you will have to carry less weight on the bike every day, which will ensure that you are lighter and more stable when riding. You can choose to keep in your office a toilet kit in which you carry: a change of clothes, deodorant, perfume, and any other product.

 5. How to PROTECT YOUR BIKE from the friends of others: The ideal situation would be for you to get your company to enable a locked room so that you and your colleagues could leave your bikes. If this is not possible, there are three things you can do to avoid thieves. Park your bike in a place that is visible to you and well lit. Use at least one, and preferably two, padlocks. Although the best ones are not especially cheap, they will better protect your precious bike. Remove vulnerable items from your bike like lights, accessory bags, bell.

 6. Finally, what is the BEST CLOTHING to make the commute to work by bike: While cycling clothes are usually very close to the body to prevent the wind from slowing down our progress, in this case, it is the opposite. Both the upright posture and looser clothes play in our favor. You can wear a breathable shirt that fits the body and prevents sweat from entering your clean clothes. It is also recommended to wear reflective elements or fluorine colors.

National Police begins a campaign to use reflective vest at night

The observatory of road accidents of the Directorate of Traffic and Transport of the Police carried out a study where it was determined that 45% of deaths in road accidents in Colom.

National Police begins a campaign to use reflective at night

The observatory of road accidents of the Directorate of Traffic and Transport of the Police carried out a study where it was determined that 45% of deaths in road accidents in Colombia occur at night, this data already records at least 2,054 deaths, which expresses the need to understand that “the greater the visibility, the greater the possibilities of avoiding a loss”. Cyclists who do not wear vests or drivers who do not use turn signals are the main protagonists of car accidents caused in the night hours. For this reason, it is necessary for road actors to be aware of visual limitations at night and to adopt these simple habits that will prevent accidents, such as the use of retro-reflective clothing. The lack of culture and road safety has caused a high number of fatalities on the roads and there are already more than 2,000 deaths in low-light places, says General William Salamanca, director of the Traffic Police. It is important to clarify that the use of the reflective vest is not mandatory in Colombia, even so, if it is the use of some reflective garment at night, more exactly in the period between 6 p.m. and 6 am As pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are the most vulnerable actors on the road, this phenomenon also affects cargo vehicles, which is why the Ministry of Transportation issued resolution 3246 of August 3, 2018, using which the use of retro-reflective tapes was regulated in bus-type vehicles (open, Chiva to the ladder and closed), bus, minibus, truck, van (panel, van, stakes, and van), tractor-truck (tractor truck), dump trucks, etc. as in trailers and semi-trailers with a gross vehicle weight of more than 0.75 tons. In this way, the National Police seeks, with the ‘Make Yourself Visible’ campaign, that road actors become aware of the importance of using reflectors at night, which becomes a preventive tool on the road that will help avoid accidents and pay fines.

Motorbike trips abroad: 5 things to know

Small guide to motorbike trips abroad, with the 5 things to know: necessary documents, mandatory equipment, traffic regulations, useful numbers, and travel policy

From 3 June Italy will reopen the borders with the EU + Switzerland and the United Kingdom countries (waiting to be able to do so with other States) and therefore motorbike trips abroad will also be possible in the complicated summer 2020, unless changes dictated by the evolution of the pandemic which unfortunately we cannot rule out. However many bikers are already planning the itinerary and others will do it in the coming weeks: for their benefit, we publish the 5 most important things to know when traveling abroad by motorbike.


For motorbike trips abroad in the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area, therefore including Switzerland, all you need is an identity card + driving license, registration document and certificate of insurance, obviously all valid. The Italian driving license is sufficient, in Europe the international driving license is required only in very few States (Russia, Armenia, and Georgia). Instead, the so-called green card, the insurance document that certifies the effectiveness of the RC motorcycle also abroad it is not necessary for EU countries and other states. In Europe, they could still request it in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine (inquire before leaving). Finally, if you go abroad driving a motorbike that you do not own, it is advisable to have a delegation to lead by the owner: in plain paper for the EU and with a signature authenticated by a notary for non-EU travel.


Oh well, needless to say, that the helmet is mandatory everywhere, then depending on the destination other equipment is needed. For example, limiting ourselves to neighboring or neighboring countries:

Austria: Din 13167 approved first aid kit.

Croatia: Din 13167 approved first aid kit; retro-reflective vest; replacement bulbs.

France: reflective vest, protective gloves approved by EU for driver and passenger; approved breathalyzer kit.

Slovenia: Din 13167 approved first aid kit; reflective vest; replacement bulbs.

Switzerland: reflective jacket.


Also for the rules on the movement of foreign countries, the complete guide of the ACI and the Viaggiare Sicuri website can be consulted, here we report only the countries bordering Italy (+ Croatia), focusing especially on the rules that differ from our country:

Austria: motorway toll via ‘vignette’ ( here the rules on motorway tolls in Europe ); blood alcohol limit 0.049%.

Croatia: forbidden to carry a child under 12 on a motorcycle; dipped headlights mandatory even during the day; blood sugar limit 0.05%.

France: 80 km / h limit on departmental and state two-way and single track roads ( here all the speed limits in Europe when traveling by motorbike ); dipped headlights mandatory also during the day for motorcycles and mopeds registered after 1 July 2004; blood sugar limit 0.05%.

Slovenia: highway toll via ‘sticker’; it is forbidden to carry a child under 12 on a motorcycle; use of mandatory dipped headlights also during the day; blood sugar limit 0.05%.

Switzerland: motorway toll via ‘sticker’; dipped headlights mandatory even during the day; blood sugar limit 0.05%.


Abroad it is always recommended to write down some phone numbers to contact in case of need.

Austria : single European emergency number: 112; roadside assistance: 120; Italian Embassy in Vienna: 0043 (1) 7125121.

Croatia : single European emergency number: 112; roadside assistance: 1987; Italian Embassy in Zagreb: 00385 -1- 48 46 386 – 00385 – 98.417660.

France : single European emergency number: 112; roadside assistance: 0800 089222; Italian Embassy in Paris: 0033 1 49 54 03 00.

Slovenia : single European emergency number: 112; roadside assistance: 1987 or 00386 1 5305353; Italian Embassy in Ljubljana: 00386 1 4262194 0038614262320 – 0038614258659 – 00386 41 736773.

Switzerland: single European emergency number: 112; roadside assistance: 140; Italian Embassy in Bern: 0041 31 350 07 77 – 0041 79 3219202.


In addition to the compulsory motorcycle insurance, to which any additional guarantees may be added (for example, Accidents to the driver), before leaving, it is necessary to consider whether to take out a travel policy to cover at least the health costs. To tell the truth, until recently, these policies were required above all for travel overseas or in exotic places. But the vicissitudes of recent months, with the pandemic that has shocked the world and from which we will not free ourselves quickly, advise greater caution even when traveling in Europe. On the web, many online companies offer travel insurance rather low prices and they are all quite reliable. Important: those who decide to take out one and wish not to have any surprises make sure that the policy signed also covers the infection by Covid-19.

Why there are more and more traffic accidents with cyclists

A study confirms that accidents between cyclists and vehicles are caused by a combination of inadequate infrastructure and risky behavior by drivers and cyclists.

According to the Colombian Traffic Police, by September 2017, 42% of the accidents with cyclists that had been registered that year had occurred in the night hours and involved cyclists without a reflective vest.

In recent years, more and more people around the world have chosen to use the bicycle as a means of urban transport. However, many abstain from talking about it due to the danger that often involves moving with this means of transport. the scenario is not exclusive to Colombia: in the European Union, for example, in the last 30 years accidents between cyclists and vehicles have suffered a systematic increase.

According to the Institute of Legal Medicine, in Colombia in 2016 there were 4,447 accidents involving bicycles; in 589 of them the cyclists died, and 3,858 were injured.

“Given the characteristics of the vehicle and the little use of passive safety measures, cyclists are, along with pedestrians, the most vulnerable road users to suffer serious injuries in the event of an accident,” Sergio Alejandro Useche, a researcher at the Research Institute of Traffic and Road Safety (INTRAS) of the University of Valencia.

In urban centers, it is where 70.7% of accidents and 67.4% of victims’ injuries or deaths occur, compared to rural roads, where 29.3% of claims and 32.6% of the victims. 47.2% of serious cyclist injuries occur on conventional urban roads.

To understand the increase in incidents with cyclists and to be able to develop preventive policies, a study led by Useche has analyzed the relationship between roads and human factors with traffic accidents. The results, published in the magazine Sustainability, show that, in collisions between motorized vehicles and bicycles, both factors are present. These data could serve to explain and prevent road accidents.

Lack of driver education

The researchers interviewed 1,064 cyclists (38.8% female and 61.2% male), on average 33 years old and from twenty countries in Europe, South America, and North America, in an online survey. According to the expert, the increase in accidents with cyclists is due to “the widespread use of the bicycle, which is still disorganized, poorly controlled and unregulated today, and rarely linked to the education and road training of its users,” emphasizes the investigator.

Scientists highlight the need to intervene in infrastructure to reduce problematic interactions with other users, which occur when cyclists must share roadways with the motor vehicle or pedestrian users; simplify circulation on friendlier roads; and strengthen the culture of bicycle use and respect for it in all users.

On the other hand, the researchers have observed that in the traffic codes “there is a worrying lack of regulations to regulate the use of the bicycle in shared mobility with other types of vehicles.”

Regarding individual or human factors, the study highlights risk behaviors, divided into two main types. The first is the so-called unintended errors or failures by drivers. “These can be reduced by carrying out adequate road training, as is done, for example, with motor vehicle drivers,” says Useche.

Another behavior observed in accidents is traffic offenses. In the opinion of the experts, it is essential to strengthening road training by cyclists and drivers to avoid them. “This requires the support of the media, institutions and the educational system,” conclude the authors, for whom this would improve public health and social coexistence between the different mobility systems.

New control for motorcyclists

The Ministry of Security of the Nation made official on Tuesday the decree that requires changes in Traffic Law 24,449 regarding the control of motorcyclists. Even though Mendoza is governed by the Provincial Traffic Law 6.082, the measure will be applied on national routes and international corridors.

The modifications expressed in Decree 171/2017, which will be implemented as of Thursday, June 15, require that “the identification of the domain registered in the patent plate located on the vehicle, the mandatory identification of the domain number registration in the protective helmet, mandatory for the driver and front passenger, as well as the mandatory use for the front passenger of a reflective vest.”

The passenger vest, according to the standard, maybe pure yellow, and yellow or orange-yellow in the background and will have at least two horizontal reflective white bands on the front and rear top, five centimeters wide and with a separation among them 14 centimeters, in the middle of which the vehicle’s domain number will be printed in reflective white letters and numbers.

These new measures implemented to combat insecurity, as pointed out by the Minister of National Security, Patricia Bullrich, should not be applicable in Mendoza, which is governed by the Provincial Traffic Law 6.082.

It dictates, among other regulations, in article 49: “In the case of mopeds, motorcycles and the like, the occupant or occupants wear a special motorcycle safety helmet. Helmets for industrial use are prohibited.”

See also: In June, the new controls begin for motorcyclists

The regulations in the province

The undersecretary of Institutional Relations of the Ministry of Security, Néstor Majul, assured that the new decree will not be applicable in Mendoza as it is related to the National Traffic Law. However, on national routes and international corridors, federal security forces – such as the Gendarmerie – may be required to comply.

“Once the change is implemented, we will evaluate whether it gives results and is adjustable to the province. However, this new measure will be being carried out by the Gendarmerie on national routes,” said Majul.

The second commander of the National Gendarmerie, Sergio Salinas, told El Sol that they will enforce Traffic Law 24,449 within national routes and international corridors.

“Although we have not been informed of the modification, from June 15 we will enforce it. And, to those who do not comply with it, the corresponding fines will be applied”, confirmed Salinas.

The Ministry of Transport of the Nation informed this newspaper that “the patent of the helmet and the reflective vest must be paid in the corresponding Automotive Registry.”

With this measure, Mendoza residents who wish to travel to Chile by motorcycle must comply with the patenting of the helmet and reflector vest of the companion to avoid fines and be able to pass to the neighboring country.

Data of national routes and international complexes in Mendoza

The province is crossed by several national routes, standing out 40 – from North to South – and 7, from the border with San Luis to the East to the border with Chile, to the West.

Also, on route 7, the International Corridor to Chile stands out. The Province has a connection with the Argentine Los Horcones complex and the Chilean Los Libertadores complex.

Also, Mendoza people usually circulate on the following national routes: 7, 40, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 149, 153, and 188, where the mandatory helmet and patent-pending vest will be enforced.

Alarm vests to avoid contagions

New health work safety protocols are forcing companies around the world to activate their imaginations. The redistribution of spaces and the installation of partitions help to ensure the safety of workers who occupy a fixed position, but those who move constantly during their activity are often still unprotected. So this anti-virus vest is succeeding in Germany. It is a reflective vest that lights up, beeps and vibrates if two workers approach within less than a meter and a half of safety distance established by the German authorities. Warned by the vest, the worker himself is in charge of moving away from his partner.

One of the first companies to test them has been Austrian freight vehicle manufacturer Schwarzmüller, whose CEO, Roland Hartwig, explains that “as the de-escalation progressed, the government has been very clear in insisting that the safety distance is now the main tool to keep infections at bay and we were exposing ourselves that, if there are positives among our workers, we would be forced to stop the activity. That is why we have focused our strategy on these vests”, which the workers have accepted with satisfaction.

Schwarzmüller is based in Freinberg bei Schärding, but the vests are made a long way from this idyllic region of Austria. The German company Linde Material Handling, also affiliates in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Italy, is the one that has had the idea of ​​supplying its customers with this product designed specifically for the Covid-19 crisis. The vests weigh about 300 grams and their battery holds up to a full work shift of about eight hours. Peter Markschläger, the spokesman for Linde Austria, explains that this technology comes from a system applied in transport vehicles in logistics centers or in large construction sites, which serves to avoid collisions, by warning both the driver and the pedestrian that they are approaching. each other. “Through a 4 gigahertz ultra-broadband signal we ensure that the vests always stay connected without interference with other systems”, he says, convinced that this system is much more practical and efficient than connections via wireless internet or bluethooth since they are less stable and exact in an industrial environment.

Markschläger does not dare to predict if we will soon wear private pedestrian vests like these, to avoid unwanted approaches in supermarket aisles or zebra crossings, but there is no doubt that it is a truly anonymous device, which preserves our privacy and our freedom to a much greater extent than the mobile applications that Google and Apple are already starting to take advantage of in terms of big data.

High visibility vest: when to wear it and how many to bring in the car

In our cars, it is necessary to carry various mandatory safety elements. One of them is the emergency triangles, which we have talked about in-depth, explaining how and when to use them. Another essential element for our safety, and mandatory equipment in all vehicles, is a high-visibility reflective vest. When should this high visibility vest be used? How many high visibility vests should you take in the car? Can I be fined if I don’t wear a high visibility vest? In this article, we solve all your doubts about this security element.

Is it mandatory to wear a high visibility vest in the car? How should the vest be?

The answer is a resounding yes. The high visibility vest is a mandatory security element in every vehicle. It is mandatory to carry it in the car since 2004, and its obligation is included in the Traffic Regulations of January 23, 2004, along with that of the emergency triangles. The vest must be red, yellow, or orange, and must equip at least two horizontal reflective bands, at least 5 centimeters. It must be certified according to the European standard EN-471 for use in tourism vehicles and industrial vehicles.

When should the high visibility vest be used?

If we are forced to stop our vehicle on an extra-urban road, either on the road itself or on the shoulder, we must get out of the car with the high-visibility vest on. Yes or yes. The most common situations in which we will be forced to use it will be in the event of a breakdown or accident, but we must always wear it if we leave the vehicle on any type of road, motorway or freeway. We must wear it when we go to put the emergency triangles and if we are standing or behind the guardrail – waiting for roadside assistance.

If it is winter and we must put the chains on the car, we must do it with a high visibility vest on. Think that thanks to this vest, we are visible to other drivers at distances of up to 150 meters. The high visibility vest can be carried stored anywhere in the vehicle, but we must leave the car with it on. Therefore, the trunk or spare wheel well would not be the best place to store it. The back of the seat, the door storage compartment, or the glove compartment are the most ideal places for storage.

The objective of the vest is for us to be visible to other drivers, both day and night, avoiding endangering our physical integrity.

How many reflective vests should we take in the car?

An important detail that we must take into account is that all people who leave the vehicle must necessarily wear a high visibility vest. In other words, we must wear a vest for each occupant of the vehicle – it doesn’t matter if we drive a seven-seater minivan. This is an important rule and requires those who do not have a high-visibility vest on. This provision should only be violated if occupants without vests are in physical danger – for example, if the car is smoking or on fire, or they are exposed to extreme weather.

Can I be fined for not wearing the high visibility vest?

If you leave the vehicle on an extra-urban road without a reflective vest on, you are exposed to a financial penalty of up to 200 euros – without removing points from your driving license. If you do not have a reflective vest in your car, you can purchase a vest approved for use in cars at just over eight euros.

Driving in France: eight points British drivers need to know

France maybe just 30 minutes away via the Channel Tunnel, but when it comes to driving laws, there are strict requirements you need to be aware of to avoid penalties and problems.

Below, the RAC lists eight points British drivers need to know when taking to the roads in France:

Hi-vis jacket

A reflective vest is needed for each passenger and must be carried inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle in case of a breakdown.

This shouldn’t be dismissed as the French police will stop British-registered vehicles to check they have the correct equipment for driving in France.

If you breakdown on the motorway or need to repair a puncture, make sure you wear it as soon as you step out of the vehicle or you could risk a hefty fine of €750 or €90 if paid early.

Warning triangle

This is compulsory in every vehicle with four wheels or more. The maximum fine for not having one is €135.

GB sticker

You need to have a GB sticker on your car or a euro registration plate featuring the GB initials.

You will also need a GB sticker or number plate on anything being towed.

This law applies to all of mainland Europe too, not just France. If you do not have one, you could receive an on-the-spot fine of €90 from the authorities where you are driving.


As of March 2017, all drivers and riders have been banned from wearing headsets and headphones while driving, whether the device is for playing music or for phone calls. But the law excludes motorcycle helmets that have integrated systems.

Clean air sticker

Introduced in late 2016, drivers need to have a Crit’Air sticker displayed on cars when traveling to certain cites, including Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, and Strasbourg.

It costs around £3 (buy yours here) and drivers face an on-the-spot fine of up to €135 for not having one. They include a six-category sticker system that notes what emissions your vehicle produces, and can restrict access to cities too.

Headlight beam deflectors

Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually. This is because modern car headlights are set up to point towards the kerbside of the vehicle. A right-hand drive car on the right-hand side of the carriageway means this could blind oncoming traffic at night. You can expect to pay a fine of €90.

Spare bulbs

By law, you need to carry a spare bulb kit for your vehicle, as the French police deem it necessary to replace it there and then on the grounds of safety. The fine you’ll face is €80.

Breathalyzer/alcohol tests

In theory, all drivers and motorcyclists need to carry a breathalyzer kit in their vehicle, with at least two disposable testing units. While it was expected that an €11 fine would be imposed for not carrying one, the French government postponed this move indefinitely, so no penalty will be imposed if you can’t present one during a police road check.

A kit can be bought for around £5 but if you’re buying online, check it meet NF standards, similar to BS1 standards in the UK.