the foreign highway code and its sometimes strict measures scare Belgians

The first fear on the road of a driving holiday is breaking down or encountering technical problems. Almost one in three drivers (30%) fears this, according to a survey by the Walloon Agency for Road Safety. “A long trip with a vehicle that is not technically in order can become a real nightmare and generate many unexpected expenses,” warns Belinda Demattia, spokesperson for the AWSR. Tires are an essential item. And therefore it must be at the ideal pressure. You should also check the condition of the brakes, lights, and windshield wipers.

Still according to the AWSR survey, Walloon drivers (27%) fear, in second place, not respecting the highway code abroad. “It’s probably due in part to fear of speed cameras. Due to the monotony of traveling over long distances, you may tend to drive faster on the highway. Therefore, it is recommended to connect your cruise control”, says Belinda Demattia. It is best to check the various limitations before leaving. In Malta it is forbidden to exceed 80 km/h on motorways, which is the speed on French roads. In Germany, it is possible to exceed 130 km/h on certain motorway sections. In Switzerland and Italy, people drive with their headlights on during the day.

Belgium recently tightened its legislation on mobile phones while driving. “In Ireland the fine can reach €2,000 compared to €174 here. The use of headphones or earphones is prohibited. Only Bluetooth phones are allowed. The headphone ban also applies in Spain. In Poland, a pedestrian can be fined if he crosses, even on a protected crossing, while using his phone or an electronic device, ”explains the AWSR spokesperson.

Getting lost despite the GPS

The third thing that most annoys the Walloons (24%) is getting lost along the way. At the time of widespread GPS, one can be amazed at such a result. But not everyone upgrades their equipment, and roadworks can disrupt the route. Likewise, we found the risk of falling asleep at the wheel (24%)

The fifth most common fear (23%) is anxiety about properly charging the vehicle. “A loaded car behaves differently. It skids faster and needs a greater braking distance”, emphasizes Belinda Demattia.

The fear of having to drive at night haunts nearly one in five Walloons (19%). “This rate is high”, reacts our interlocutor. Many resign themselves to it to avoid traffic jams or because with children it is easier because they sleep a good part of the time.

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