Traffic rules

The traffic regulations describe how a road user must behave on public roads, so that traffic flows safely and smoothly. It is expected that all road users know and apply the traffic regulations. Sometimes traffic regulations will appear a bit unclear. However, all rules in the regulations have been well thought through, so it is also important to know the underlying line of thought.


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.

  • Weather conditions
  • Hydroplaning
  • Road works
  • Crossing animals
  • Distracted driver
  • Emotions
  • Health problems
  • Vehicle problems

Weather conditions

Reduce your speed in rain, snow and sleet. The road surface is much smoother in bad weather conditions, so the tires have less grip. In case of a wet road surface it is best to reduce your speed by about 15 km / h. With snow you can best halve your speed. Use snow tires or snow chains when there is snow on the road. On ice you have to drive very carefully, because a vehicle is not controllable on ice. It is therefore very dangerous to drive on ice.

Warning for heavy crosswind

Warning for a slippery road surface


In case of rain or a wet road surface, most tires have a good grip up to about 55 km / h. If you drive faster, the tires start riding on the water like water skis. We call this 'hydroplaning', in dutch water smoothness or aquaplaning. If there is water on the road surface, the tires can completely lose their grip with the road. Bare or worn tires can lose their grip at much lower speeds. The best way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce the speed in case of rain or a wet road surface.

Road works

In road works, temporary orange colored lines are often painted on the road surface. The orange stripes then replace the white ones.

Warning for roadworks

Warning for loose chippings on the road surface

Crossing animals

Crossing animals can cause dangerous traffic situations. In green areas it often happens that animals cross the road.

Warning for cattle on the road

Warning for crossing deer

Distracted driver

A driver must concentrate on driving his vehicle. A driver is distracted when something pulls away his attention from the road, so he can focus less on driving his vehicle. A distracted driver is at greater risk of being involved in an accident. With the known consequences (property damage, injuries, deaths).


Emotions can have a huge effect on your driving behavior. They can influence the way we think, take risks and process information. Someone who is overly worried, excited, angry, scared or depressed, runs an extra risk to get carried away by his emotions.

Health problems

Driving a vehicle is a complex and underestimated skill. There are many health problems that can affect your ability to drive. A stiff neck, a cough or pain in the legs can cause you to react more slowly. If you do not feel well, let someone else drive. Medication can also have a major impact on your driving. Consult your doctor if you think you may have a condition that would prevent you from driving safely.

Vehicle problems

There is always a chance that your vehicle will get problems while you are driving. Make sure your vehicle gets serviced on time. Check the manual of your vehicle for maintenance guidelines. Following these guidelines reduces the chance of your vehicle having a problem.


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