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Watch, Hear and Communicate and Speed Rules for Speed Pedelecs

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Watch, Hear and Communicate and Speed Rules for Speed Pedelecs

LOOK

  • Good viewing technique increases your safety because you can better anticipate what might happen. Look far enough ahead if your speed is higher, but also look at the road surface and the traffic situation around you.
  • Look orders for other road users, priority situations, and drivers that you may misjudge speed.
  • Make eye contact with drivers of cars, trucks, vans as you maneuver and in right-of-way situations. Make sure they have seen you and understand what you are going to do.
  • Use your rearview mirror, it is the eyes on your back that you often lack in traffic. Especially if you want to turn, overtake, and at intersections.
  • Because of your relatively high speed, you see less of your surroundings than someone who moves more slowly. Your vision is narrower, more will form a tunnel and you take the truth of what’s left and right of you is done. The faster you drive, the less you see.

TO HEAR

  • Your ears give you extra information about the traffic around you, use them. Don’t get distracted by earphones or headphones with music. Keep your ears free. You have a high speed and little time to react to unexpected situations.
  • Watch out for arriving trains at unguarded level crossings. In port areas, you regularly come across such level crossings!
  • Let yourself also her. If you want to overtake cyclists or pedestrians, use your horn (or ring if you have installed it additionally) to warn them. Also, wait until you notice that you are coming (move sideways or look back) before performing your overtaking maneuver. If they don’t move right away, they just might not have heard you. So anyway slow down and only overtake if you’re sure you can do it safely and leave enough sideways clearance.

TO COMMUNICATE

  • You don’t have turn signals, so look over your shoulder to make sure no traffic is coming behind you when changing direction. Insert only your arm off safe.
  • Respect the rules of priority when you left or turn right. Make eye contact with other road users.
  • (only) in an emergency, you can still use your voice to get other road users’ attention. Don’t abuse it, it comes across as very aggressive.

    GENERAL SPEED RULES

    The general speed rules also apply to drivers of speed pedelecs.

    • That’s how you have to adjust your speed
      • to  other road users
      • to  weather conditions,  obstacles, crowds, visibility, road condition,
    • You have to be doubly careful in places with vulnerable road users: cyclists and pedestrians and in places where you can expect them. Especially when it comes to children, the elderly, and people with a disability.
    • You must not cause accidents due to your speed and you must not obstruct traffic.
    • You must be able to stop in all circumstances for an obstacle that you can foresee.
    • You must keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front.

    SPEED ​​LIMITS

    • In addition, you must also stick to the speed limits indicated by road signs with your speed pedelec.
    • In a bicycle street or zone 30, this means, for example, that you can drive at a maximum speed of 30 km / h.

    SPEED ​​SPEED PEDELEC

    • A speed pedelec offers pedal assistance up to 45 km / h.
    • There are vehicles on the market that offer pedal assistance up to higher speeds, but they do NOT speed pedelecs.

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Driving Tips for the Beginning Drivers

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Driving Tips for the Beginning Drivers

By the time a youngster gets to the age of about 12 or 13 years of age, his mind seems to immediately turn to learn to drive an automobile. Usually, his dad takes him out on some two-lane highway out in the country, puts him under the wheel of the automobile, and says to him, “Now, just keep it between the lines”.  That is all most youngsters know to do, and the rest is up to trial and error.  Unfortunately, most of it is an error.

It should not be this way.  Parents spend more time teaching their children to ride a bicycle than they spend teaching them to drive an automobile. There is nothing more stressful for a parent than trying to help a youngster understand the pattern of learning to drive.  Where does one start?  How should one begin?  What are the most important points to make?  Today, with all the electronic advancements and the pressures of highway driving.

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Valuable Driving Tips will make learning more thorough and easily understandable. It will take away the stress and put confidence in its place.  You can feel more at ease when your youngster is out with friends because you have provided them with the necessary tools to help them understand the dangers of driving, as well as the pleasures.  The demand for better quality driving is now at hand.

Forceful driving is now a part of our every day driving activities.  Whether we are driving for pleasure or as part of our job description, careless driving is dangerous.  We can no longer rely on the old method of just showing someone how to start and stop a vehicle to be sufficient.   The aggressive driving we face on our highway system today demands better driving education complemented with experience. Any metropolitan city as well as smaller cities and towns have freeways and highways that are dangerous to drive.

The dangers of having an accident on any type of freeways or highway are astronomical.  Almost eight hundred teenagers have an accident every day on some type of highway.  Twice that many go unreported.   Don’t be a person who says “Could I have done more?”   The answer to this question could have been “yes” by giving your young person a jumpstart on the knowledge of highway driving and safety by giving them this very important book, “Valuable Driving Tips”.

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Speed Safety Tips and Conditions and Obligations Speedpedelec

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Speed Safety Tips and Conditions and Obligations Speedpedelec

SPEED ​​SAFETY TIPS

  • Be aware of your speed! A higher speed means anyway:
    • less time to respond to unexpected events
    • a longer stopping distance
    • a greater risk of accidents
    • a harder blow if things go wrong, so more serious consequences in an accident
  • You may drive a maximum of 45 km / h(in places where this is allowed), less is also allowed! Speed ​​pedelecs travel 33 km / h on average.
  • Adjust your speed constantly to your surroundings. In the vicinity of other vulnerable road users who move much slower than you (pedestrians, cyclists, steppers, etc.), your brake well in advance.
  • Do you want a bike other drivers or pedestrians to overtake, slow down and always announce your overtaking maneuver on your horn (which is required by law) or additional foresee a bell, which is sympathetic about other road users?
  • Always keep sufficient following distance and sideways distance from other road users, so you can always brake, stop, or swerve in time if necessary.
  • Don’t think of your speed pedelec as a racing machine. Leave on time to get to your destination on time and safely. On the road, you can hardly catch up on time and you would only take more risks by driving faster.
  • Adjust your speed to the visibility. When your view is limited, you drive slower to be able to respond to other road users in time.
  • Adjust your speed to the weather conditions. Slippery conditions due to rain or ice are a major risk for all vehicles on two wheels. You have less balance on two wheels than on four, that goes without saying. The chance that you will crash and fall is many times greater.
  • Adjust your speed to the traffic situation (e.g. traffic jam or busyness), the condition of the road (e.g. bad road surface, many potholes in the road), in the vicinity of groups of children, the elderly, people with disabilities.

CONDITIONS AND OBLIGATIONS SPEEDPEDELEC

  • minimum age: 16 years
  • compulsory driving license (moped), A (motorcycle) or B (passenger car)
  • helmet with CE label:
    • bicycle helmet (in accordance with the European standard EN11078 + protective for the temple and back of the head)
    • or moped helmet
    • certificate of conformity a certificate of conformity (abbreviated COV):
    • Proof that your speed pedelec complies with the European technical regulations.
    • You should not always have this document with you, keep it in a safe place at home.
    • Be sure to ask if you’re buying a second-hand model. You need the document to register your speed pedelec with the Vehicle Registration Service (DIV).
    • license plate:
    • You must register your speed pedelec with the DIV.
    • You will then receive a small number plate starting with the letters ‘S-P’ that you have to attach to the back of your speed pedelec.
    • insurance civil liability motor vehicles’ (BAM):
    • If your speed pedelec only provides pedal assistance, it is not mandatory to take out BAM
    • If your speed pedelec can also reach a speed of more than 25 km / h under its own power, without having to pedal, then BAM insurance is mandatory.
    • It is best to take out family or special insurance. It is not mandatory but recommended.
    • Check your policy right after, not all family insurance policies cover damage to speed pedelecs.
    • Family insurance covers the civil liability towards third parties (not necessarily your own damage).
    • Special insurance for your speed pedelec can also cover your own damage.
    • For more information, it is best to ask an insurer or insurance broker.

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