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Orange plate? Hazardous materials!

WARNING! DOUBLE YOUR SAFETY DISTANCE

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators have undertaken to design, construct and manage high-quality roads so that they can be safe and comfortable. Moreover, we all need fuel, therapeutic oxygen, and many other products whose transport is dangerous because of their intrinsic nature.
This type of transport requires special vehicles, driven by staff with specific qualifications.
The local Health Services and the Italian Fire Brigades are ready to intervene and handle emergencies daily. However, full prevention on the roads avoids dangers to users’ safety.
When you drive you must always be cautious, but even more when the risk is very high. FOR GREATER CAUTION, DOUBLE YOUR SAFETY DISTANCE WHEN THE VEHICLE BEFORE YOU BEARS AN ORANGE PLATE ON THE BACK. IF YOU HAVE TO OVERTAKE IT, DO IT WITH THE UTMOST CAUTION.

When?
When you come across a vehicle showing orange panels in addition to the number plate. In that case, you must be aware that the vehicle is transporting hazardous material as defined by the following table:

– Class 1 Explosives

– Class 2 Compressed, liquefied or dissolved gases

– Class 3 Flammable liquids

– Class 4.1 Flammable solids

– Class 4.2 Substances subject to spontaneous combustion

– Class 4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, release flammable gases

– Class 5.1 Oxidizing substances

– Class 5.2 Organic peroxides

– Class 6.1 Toxic substances

– Class 6.2 Repugnant substances that can cause infections

– Class 7 Radioactive material

– Class 8 Corrosive substances

– Class 9 Otherwise dangerous materials


What do I have to do?
Keep it at a distance and double your caution measures.

Why?
I Vehicles bearing an orange plate on the back in addition to number plates usually transport dangerous goods. When you see this type of vehicle you must be particularly careful, because an accident involving it may have very severe consequences on people, facilities and environment. The so-called “hazard plates” are used to indicate the transportation of dangerous goods. They are divided in two parts including:
* the “hazard identification number” or Kemler number above the median line
* the “substance identification number or UN number” below the median line, to allow you to identify the substance exactly.

33
1114

BENZOLE

The first digit of the hazard identification number indicates the main danger as follows:

2 Gas
3 Flammable liquid
4 Flammable solid
5 Oxidizing substance or organic peroxide
6 Toxic substance
8 Corrosive


The second and the third digits indicate the secondary dangers:

0 No meaning
1 Explosion
2 Release of gas
3 Flammable
5 Oxidizing properties
6 Toxicity
8 Corrosivity
9 Risk of spontaneous reaction due to decomposition or polymerization


When the first two digits are the same, it indicates an increased main danger.
Example:

66 Extremely toxic substance
33 Extremely flammable liquid (flash-point below 21°C)
88 Extremely corrosive substance
22 Refrigerated gas
42 Solid which, in contact with water, can release gas
X Substance which reacts violently with water
X333 Spontaneously flammable liquid, which reacts dangerously with water
X423 Flammable solid which reacts dangerously with water and can develop flammable gases


An “X” before the hazard identification number reminds you that the substance is highly reactive to water (holeum, calcium carbide, etc).

Here are some examples:

30
1202

DIESEL

 

33
1114

PETROL

 

68
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HIGHLY CORROSIVE SUBSTANCE

55
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STRONGLY OXIDIZING SUBSTANCE

Road Code
ART. 168 (DISCIPLINA DEL TRASPORTO SU STRADA DEI MATERIALI PERICOLOSI)

Road code implementation regulations
ART. 365 ( DEFINIZIONI)
ART. 366 (CIRCOLAZIONE DEI VEICOLI CHE TRASPORTANO MERCI PERICOLOSE)
ART. 370 (INCIDENTI IN CUI SIANO COINVOLTI VEICOLI CHE TRASPORTANO MERCI PERICOLOSE)

Fire!! In a tunnel…

RUN! DON’T GO BACK FOR YOUR BELONGINGS!

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators equipped all tunnels longer than 1,000 m with a mechanical ventilation systems.
A recently approved European directive and the Italian law confirmed the criteria so far adopted.
The ventilation systems in our tunnels are rather powerful. However, in the event of a main fire, smoke might be beyond the control of the ventilation system or the Fire brigades. In the early stages of a fire, hot smokes rise upwards; then, as they expand under the tunnel vault, they cool down and that’s when they may surround you.
It is unwise to hover about in the fire scene or to go back to recover your belongings. Leave your wallet there and save your life!

When? In the event of a fire in a tunnel, especially when heavy-goods vehicles are involved.
What? Stop along the right edge of the carriageway, clear the overtaking lane and leave enough room for the rescuers to pass. Wear your reflective jacket, get out of your vehicle and don’t bother about your belongings. Run along the emergency shoulders or through the by–passes leading to the next tunnel. When you’re driving in open air, stop safely in a rest area or in any other safe place. Make sure you’re neither on a bridge nor on a steep slope before you decide to jump over the crash barrier – very serious accidents have resulted from such decisions.
Why? Fire might damage the ventilation system. Consequently, poisonous smokes might drift over your head and surround you. A wrong BEHAVIOUR of yours could put your own life and even the rescuers’ at risk. 

Road Code
ART. 140 (PRINCIPIO INFORMATORE DELLA CIRCOLAZIONE)

DON’T BE INTRUSIVE!

YOU MAY NOT BE DRIVING, BUT THE OTHERS ARE!

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorways are equipped with lay-bays and parking areas where, if needed, you can station in full safety. Sometimes, however, an irreparable damage may leave you mid-way between two lay-bays, which means you are forced to stop along the emergency lane or even just on the edge of the road, in case of breakdown or sudden illness of the driver. According to the Road Code, you are allowed to stop on the emergency lane to cope with the emergency, but in no case for more than 3 hours. Actually, a stop along the edge of the road need to be surely much shorter than that, as it is an extremely dangerous situation, due to the difference of speed between ap- proaching vehicles and pedestrians. It is crucial to stop as close on the right as possible, using light indicators, and make yourself visible by wearing reflective jackets before getting out of the ve- hicle – this means you must have it at hand inside the cabin, and not in the boot. In case of poor visibility, everyone inside the ve- hicle should get out of it and stay as close to the right edge of the road as possible, to prevent them from being run over or in- jured. If possible, the passengers should find a safe place beyond guard rails – but watch out before stepping over it, above all at night: you might be on a road bridge or an overhead road! Pe- destrian must never enter the lane. They can walk on the emer- gency lanes only to reach an emergency phones station.

When?
All the time during emergency stops.
What?
If you are stationed on the emergency lane or on the edge of the motorway, or even in a lay-bay, try to stop your vehicle as far as possible from the lane where vehicles are travelling. Never cross the virtual border between safety and carelessness. Always wear your reflective jacket, press the emergency indicator button, secure all passengers, and constantly monitor children.
Why?
Speed difference is a great danger. Motorways are much safer than other kinds of roads, not only because there are no crossroads and pedestrians, but also because vehicle speed is rather even. This is why great motorway facilities such as Turin- Milan, Savona-Ventimiglia motorways and others have experi- enced years with no fatalities. When a vehicle is on an emergency stop, speed difference is huge, and much higher than on other kinds of roads. Remember that drivers might be inattentive or may not see you. As a result, you could be run over, or vehicles could be forced to swerve to avoid you. Sometimes even blasts might be enough to make you stumble, or inattentive drivers may approach too much or even cross the right edge line. Facilities and security systems alone don’t make motorway 100% safe: the attention and common sense of users are the key ingredients. Underestimating a risk or be inattentive might have a very high cost for yourself and the others.

Fog is not the real killer

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN, SLOW DOWN AND USE YOUR HEAD!

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators ensure active surveillance throughout motorways from a dedicated traffic control centre open 24/7. Patrols from both the Road Police and Motorway Operator are on non-stop duty on the road to keep an eye on traffic through videocameras and weather sensors.
The Road Police and Motorway Operator provides you with the latest information available in real time on radio channels, websites and variable message signs.
Nonetheless, weather conditions may reduce visibility in winter, or they might become extremely harsh and change suddenly in space and time. Accordingly, safety on motorways depends even on your careful attention and your capacity to adjust your speed to the actual visibility.

When?
Whenever visibility is poor.
What?
Use your headlights correctly – front fog-lights, rear fog-light and light signals for danger (“the four indicators flashing”) – in the event of sudden hold-up.
In case of fog with less than 100 m visibility, drive slower than 50 km/h and keep your speed moderate and steady.
Keep safety distance and check particularly for road marking and signs as certain landmarks.
Do not stop on the emergency lane except for cases of extreme need (vehicle breakdown preventing you to drive on, sudden indisposition, etc.). In such cases, turn on the four indicators and navigation lights, with the red rear fog-light still on.
If you get out of your vehicle, always wear your reflective jacket and stay in a safe position.

Why?
Collisions in fog are rather rare, but they are likely to have particularly serious consequences – many vehicles involved and very serious injuries to people and material damages. Do not drive at a speed higher than what allows you to have a good visibility; avoid any behaviour that might trigger a chain of lethal collisions.

Road Code
ART. 140 (PRINCIPIO INFORMATORE DELLA CIRCOLAZIONE)
ART. 141 (VELOCITÀ)
ART. 142 (LIMITI DI VELOCITÀ)
ART. 151 (DEFINIZIONI RELATIVE ALLE SEGNALAZIONI VISIVE E ALL’ILLUMINAZIONE DEI VEICOLI A MOTORE E DEI RIMORCHI) ART. 152 (SEGNALAZIONE VISIVA E ILLLUMINAZIONE DEI VEICOLI) ART. 153 (USO DEI DISPOSITIVI DI SEGNALAZIONE VISIVA E DI ILLUMINAZIONE DEI VEICOLI A MOTORE E DEI RIMORCHI)

Road code implementation regulations
ART. 342 (OBBLIGO DI LIMITARE LA VELOCITÀ) 
ART. 343 (LIMITAZIONI TEMPORANEE DI VELOCITÀ)

I’d like to have a safe and comfortable journey!

BE INFORMED WHEN YOU TRAVEL

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators employ many means and resources to make your journey safe and comfortable and undertake to spread information concerning the motorway stretches falling within their own competence through all means of communication. These user services are made available thanks to the participation of themselves to European programs. One of them is EasyWay, a program co-funded by the European Commission (DG Move), aimed at improving traffic information systems for users through the implementation of intelligent transportation systems.
The Motorway Operators ensure active surveillance throughout motorways from a dedicated traffic control centre open 24/7, especially during the summer exodus for holidays.
Patrols from both the Road Police and Motorway Operator are on non-stop duty on the road to keep an eye on traffic through videocameras and radars.
The Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports, the Road Police and Motorway Operators provides you with the latest information available in real time through dedicated radio channels, traffic lights and variable message signs. Thus, access our information in order not to make our efforts unnecessary and to guarantee yourself the best possible trip.

When?
Before and during a journey
What?
Before leaving, get information on traffic forecasts through the operator’s websites of the area you are going to go. You can find links to these sites also on www.autostradafacendo.it or on the Aiscat site (www.aiscat.it). Traffic information is also available on the CCISS site “viaggiare informati” (www.cciss.it) or on the RAI web site (www.traffico.rai.it).
In addition, get the references to the operator’s call centers on the Aiscat site so as to be able to contact them during the journey in case of need. Address also to 1518 service, the number of public utility active 24/7 and providing information on the national traffic conditions.
During your journey, if your passengers have no way to use an internet connection, tune on the radio channels broadcasting information on traffic, which you can also find on the variable message signs on the motorway.

Why?
To avoid unforeseen events and make your travel conditions and those of the others safer and more comfortable.

Your safety is in your hands

NO ROAD IS STRAIGHT ENOUGH WHEN YOU DRANK TOO MUCH

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators have undertaken to design, construct and manage high-quality roads so that they can be safe and comfortable. However, no road is straight enough when you drank too much or took drugs that are likely to alter your consciousness. Driving when your senses are altered is more than a risky BEHAVIOUR: it’s a criminal attitude. Be careful even when you drink small quantities of spirits, because they can slow down your response. To fight this phenomenon, the Italian legislation has recently tightened the controls both over hauliers, common drivers under 21, and beginners (drivers in their first three years of class “B” driving license). ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators support the enforcement of such behaviours because they are against common sense, if not expressely criminal. This is why ASTM-SIAS provides the Road Police authorities with technical means to check blood-alcohol rate of drivers.

When?
Whenever you’re going to drive.
What?
Never drive under the effect of alcohol or drugs: do not take your vehicle. Let someone else drive or stop to have a rest.
Why?
The use of alcohol and/or drugs decreases your mental abilities, reduces your concentration and your ability to assess distances and speeds. Your vision is reduced both frontally and laterally, and your sensitivity to dazzling in night driving is increased.
Alcohol and drugs slow down or even hinder your response and can induce hallucinations. The latter cause reckless reactions to unforeseeing situations, even imaginary ones, thereby entailing serious risks for you and the other users.

Road Code
ART. 140 (PRINCIPIO INFORMATORE DELLA CIRCOLAZIONE) 
ART. 186 (GUIDA SOTTO L’INFLUENZA DELL’ALCOOL) 
ART. 186 BIS (GUIDA SOTTO L’INFLUENZA DELL’ALCOOL PER CONDUCENTI DI ETÀ INFERIORE A VENTUNO ANNI, PER I NEO-PATENTATI E PER CHI ESERCITA PROFESSIONALMENTE L’ATTIVITÀ DI TRASPORTO DI PERSONE O DI COSE) 
ART. 187 (GUIDA IN STATO DI ALTERAZIONE PSICO-FISICA PER USO STUPEFACENTI)

Road code implementation regulations
ART. 379 (GUIDA SOTTO L’INFLUENZA DI ALCOOL)

Steady… ready… go!

BY THE WAY … DID YOU CHECK UP YOUR VEHICLE?

WE 4 YOU
Each and every motorway run by the ASTM-SIAS is monitored from a traffic control centre at your disposal 24/7. The emergency call boxes put the users in direct contact with an operator at the traffic control centre, who is able to detect the call immediately and send forward any emergency unit you may need: the ASTM-SIAS Road user service, Road Police, first aid service (118), or the Firebrigades (115). The national authorities and ASTM-SIAS Operators have gradually improved such user services through International cooperation within the framework of European Programs, an example being the program called EasyWay, co-funded by the EU Commission (DG Move), aiming at improving traffic and emergency management through the implementation of intelligent transportation systems.

The traffic user service operators and Road Police officers are equipped with message signs, flashlights and other tools to control traffic flows in full safety, even in case of accidents and vehicle breakdown.

We are ready to assist you. Neverthless, by checking your vehicle before leaving, you can prevent the use of these services avoiding risks and it is far better.

In case of breakdown, wear your reflective jacket, protect your vehicle, signal your breakdown by means of your warning triangle to keep the other drivers safe and wait for the rescuers in a safe place. Warning! If you decide to jump over the crash barrier, always check what the landscape is like on the other side. You might be on a road bridge or on a overpass or very steep slope, so be extremely careful, especially at night.

When?
Before leaving
What?
It is appropriate to carry out preliminary checks to check the proper functioning of the vehicle. What do you need to check?

Tyre pressure, taking care to check also the wheel/spare wheel; tread consumption and the wear of the tyre “sides”. Always remember that driving with tyres not in perfect condition is very dangerous! Do not leave with the fuel quantity indicator on! Always check the fuel level and fill up the tank, and avoid the risk of a sudden breakdown on the carriageway.
Carry out rigorous inspections also to the air-conditioning and the engine cooling systems, to the cooling liquid thermometer and the light indicating that dangerous temperatures are about to be reached.
Remember also to fill the “windscreen liquid” tank and to check the windscreen wipers which should be replaced every year because rubber deteriorates over time. Before leaving, verify nothing is missing on board: vehicle registration, insurance certificate, green card (if you go abroad), the warning triangle to signal a breakdown, jack and spanners for the wheels bolts. A pair of work gloves are also useful and, if you are travelling by night, a torch and a kit of spare lamps are indispensable.
Check also the engine, gearbox, brakes and, last but not least, the engine coolant oil levels, although modern cars consume little lubricant.
Change the oil filter, if need be, and the diesel filter (if you have a diesel vehicle). If your car has covered more than 30,000 km (or it is older than 5 years) we recommend that you take a look at the distribution belt. The rupture of the belt while driving could cause serious as well as expensive damage to the engine block, in addition to exposing you to dangers. If it is the case, take your car to a garage and do not hesitate to spend a little extra money to prevent problems, rather than suffering the consequences later.

Why?
In order not to be forced to make the journey longer for you and the people who are with you, exposing you and the others to troubles and risks.

Road Code
ART. 140 (PRINCIPIO INFORMATORE DELLA CIRCOLAZIONE) 

DISTRACTION IS A PLAGUE!

CHANGE YOUR MUSIC…WHEN STATIONED ONLY!

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators have undertaken to design, build and operate roads where it’s possible to travel safely. However, comfort doesn’t mean that you should be less attentive or keep your hands off the wheel. Inattentive driving is one of the main reasons for road accidents. Although the consequences of ab- sent minded driving are serious, we, as drivers, do not have the right perception of how much certain habits may negatively affect road safety – e.g. changing your music, handling CDs or other devices while driving. If you want to change your music, stop in a service station and take two minutes to choose your favourite soundtrack or make a phone call.

When?
When driving.
What?
You should drive and nothing more! Driving safely means there’s no room for distraction.
Why?
Changing a CD while driving is a serious source of distraction because, besides making you lose your concentration, it makes you turn away from the road and increases reaction times. Those who handle an electronic device while driving in- crease their reaction time by 50%. Remember that changing a CD while driving is the cause of 11,4% of accidents when distraction is a point in case. Even here, technology helps us with buttons on the wheel or multiple CD loaders. The motorway system is safe as long as the drivers are careful. Any distraction or carelessness may have a great cost for yourself and the others, because road does- n’t spare inattentive people.

Contra-flow access

A DISTRACTION YOU MAY PAY DEARLY

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators study the geometry of traffic routes and junctions with a view to making their use as natural as possible. Furthermore, they make sure to have the appropriate road signs installed and maintained in accordance with the road code. Anyway… be attentive, please!!

When?
Every time you find yourself at a motorway junction, entrance or exit.
What?
When you access a lane, make sure you do it in the correct direction of travel. Pay particular attention when you are dazzled by the sun on the horizon and you cannot see clearly in front of you.
Why?
The motorway system is designed to be very safe, provided that the drivers are attentive. A slight distraction might cost very dear to you and the other users.

Speed limits

CAN YOU MAKE IT OR DO YOU NEED A TUTOR?

WE 4 YOU
ASTM-SIAS Motorway Operators designed high-performance safety barriers intended both to mitigate the impact of heavy-goods vehicles and be flexible enough against light vehicles, so to redirect swerving vehicles towards the carriageway. However, your own car and the motorway network are not designed to guarantee your safety when you exceed speed limits.Except for special instances, here are the speed limits set for Italian motorways:

– 130 km/h for cars (on dry roads)

– 110 km/h for cars (in the event of rainfalls)

– 100 km/h for buses, 80 km/h for trucks and articulated lorries

These are the maximum speed limits. Nonetheless, you should adjust your speed to external conditions (weather, traffic, road) and to any special restriction indicated for the stretch you drive through. Novice drivers in the first 3 years driving, have additional limits: they never can overpass 100 km/h on main motorways and 90 km/h on other roads.

When?
Whenever you drive
What?
Observe the speed limits set for traffic safety and maintain a speed suitable for the local conditions you encounter.
Why?
Not only does exceeding speed limits increase the risk of collision but, in such an event, it also increases the likelihood of serious or fatal injuries.

Road Code
ART. 140 (PRINCIPIO INFORMATORE DELLA CIRCOLAZIONE) ART.141 (VELOCITÀ)
ART.142 (LIMITI DI VELOCITÀ) ART.148 (SORPASSO)
ART. 178 (DOC. DI VIAGGIO PER TRASPORTI PROFESS. CON VEICOLI NON MUNITI DI CRONOTACHIGRAFO)
ART.179 (CRONOTACHIGRAFO E LIMITATORE DI VELOCITÀ)

Road code implementation regulations
ART. 342 (OBBLIGO DI LIMITARE LA VELOCITÀ)
ART. 343 (LIMITAZIONI TEMPORANEE DI VELOCITÀ)
ART. 344 (LIMITAZIONI PERMANENTI DI VELOCITÀ)
ART. 345 (APPARECCHIATURE E MEZZI DI ACCERTAMENTO DELLA OSSERVANZA DEI LIMITI DI VELOCITÀ)
ART. 347 (SORPASSO) ART. 375 (DOCUMENTI DI VIAGGIO E CRONOTACHIGRAFO)

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Perchè ti salva la vita

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Perché ne butti via una? Non lagnarti poi che c’è traffico

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Si scivola (anche con asfalto drenante)

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Si scivola (anche con asfalto drenante)

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Si scivola (anche con asfalto drenante)

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Si scivola (anche con asfalto drenante)

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Sei tu il primo a rischiare

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Sei tu il primo a rischiare

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Sei tu il primo a rischiare

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Sei tu il primo a rischiare

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