Traffic rules

The traffic rules describe how a road user must act on the public road, which includes obligations but also advice on how to drive sensibly and safely. All road users must know and apply the traffic rules.

1. Public road

The public road contains the lane, bicycle path, footpath and roadside and goes all the way to the canal or a property. On public roads we are allowed to drive with all vehicles (if no restrictions are imposed by traffic signs).

The public road contains the roadway, bicycle path, footpath and roadside and goes to the canal or a property.

2. Road users

By road users we mean everyone who uses the public road.

Be careful around vulnerable road users such as children and the elderly.

All road users must know and follow the traffic rules.

3. Speed

The speed depends on the type of road and the conditions in which you are driving. Do not drive faster than the speed limit and make sure you can drive safely and comfortably.

Traffic signs Meaning Speed
Speed limit 50 km/h
Zone 30 km/h
Motorway 120 km/h
Expressway 90 km/h (roadmarks)
120 km/h (median strip)
Built-up area 50 km/h
Residential area 20 km/h
Cyclist street 30 km/h
General speed 70 km/h (Flanders)
90 km/h (Wallonia)

4. Priority rules

The priority rules indicate who first allowed to drive through. They apply at intersections and narrowed roads.

At an uncontrolled crossroad you must give priority to the right.

At triangular road markings you must give way to all drivers.

5. Driving

Driving is a very complex skill, because you often have to perform with different actions at the same time. Here you will find the basis for safe driving.

Make sure you drive calm and relaxed.

Shift to the correct rpm's.

6. Lights

The lights on a vehicle have different functions and are an important part of road safety. The lights of your vehicle improve visibility at night. They also ensure that other road users can better see the presence, position, size and direction of your vehicle.

The lights improve visibility at night and make your vehicle seen faster.

The dashboard lights provide information about the condition of your vehicle.

7. Safety

To improve the safety of the passengers and the driver, there are a number of safety systems in your vehicle. Below you will find the most important ones.

The airbag is automatically deployed in the event of a collision and protects against injuries.

The seatbelt is the most important way to prevent injuries in an accident.

8. Vehicle

A vehicle is any means of transport on land, as well as all mobile agricultural or commercial equipment.

The engine is an essential part of the vehicle, make sure it is well maintained.

Some vehicles have a spare wheel, so you can replace a flat tire yourself.

9. Dangers

There are many dangers on public roads, drivers have to recognize these dangers and respond in the right way. Here you will find an overview of the most common hazards.

Be extra careful in bad weather conditions such as bright sun, rain, wind, snow, fog, ...

Crossing animals can cause serious damage and injuries.

10. Accident

An accident is often happening quickly. What should you do if you are involved in an accident?

Do not move a injured person, they may have internal bleeding or fractures.

In the event of an accident or breakdown, you must place the warning triangle to warn other road users.