EU unveils new road safety smartphone app

12.00 | 27 June 2014 |

The European Commission has produced a new smartphone app which provides key road safety information for all EU countries.

The app, ‘Going Abroad’, is primarily intended for people holidaying abroad and is available for iPhone and iPad, Google Android and Microsoft Windows phones in 22 languages.

As well as road safety information for all EU countries, the app also contains a road safety quiz and a memory game designed to entertain passengers during long car journeys.

Siim Kallas, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport, said: "The summer holiday period is the busiest time on Europe’s roads. It is so easy to take your car abroad, but many people don’t realise that rules and road signs differ across the EU.

“The ‘Going Abroad’ app provides convenient and user-friendly information to help minimise this risk."

The app covers road safety topics including speed and alcohol limits, traffic lights, and the use of mobile phones. It also informs users about obligations to wear seat belts in cars and safety helmets on bikes and motorbikes.

The app has been released to coincide with the start of the summer holidays, because in July and August across the EU there are on average 50% more road deaths than in the ‘safest’ month (February).

Click here to download the "Going Abroad" app.





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