What safety essentials should we have in the car for Easter trips?

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By parm maan

Easter is one of the times of the year when there is more traffic and therefore also the date when a large number of road accidents occur.

According to DGT data, last year during this holiday, 28 fatal accidents were registered on the roads of the republic, and 34 people died, which is an increase in both the number of victims and accidents compared to the previous year. Making Easter 2023 the deadliest since 2016.

In order to guarantee road safety to all who travel and, at the same time, facilitate the mobility and mobility of the roads, the DGT these days has the maximum access to the means at its disposal, both technical (fixed radars and mobile speed control phones, helicopters and drones, as well as cameras and camouflaged vans to monitor the use of mobile phones and seat belts, as well as people (Civil Guard road team agents, official staff at Traffic Centers, helicopter patrols and staff responsible for the maintenance of equipment and the installation of road measures).

But in addition to these measures, as a driver, we must have a number of items in the car, some of which are mandatory, others are advice, with which we can get out of trouble if we encounter any misfortune on the road.

So the law requires the vehicle to have either safety triangles or a V16 symbol such as Help Flash IoT. The latter offers additional security, allowing not only to signal the car in the event of an incident without leaving the cabin, but also to connect to the DGT 3.0 platform. “V-16 lights cover all these shortcomings. On the one hand, they can be installed from inside the passenger compartment without even removing the seat belt. They are activated in a simple way. Being small, they adapt to all types of vehicles, even motorcycles; and, in addition, they are suitable for people with mobility,” explains Alejandro González, director of Help Flash.

Another mandatory equipment is a reflective vest. It must be red, yellow or orange in color and must have at least two reflective strips at least 5 centimeters high and must be certified for use. All passengers in the car must have a vest.

A fire extinguisher can be key in cases where fires occur. However, you should remember to check it regularly to make sure it is in good condition.

A jackhammer is an item that can save lives in accidents where passengers are trapped inside the vehicle.

A first aid kit should include bandages, sterile plastic gloves, extraction forceps, bandages, alcohol, iodine, and general pills for headache or body aches.

The rope can also be useful for holding parts of the car that might come loose or even the car itself in the event of a crash.

An empty container that can help carry gasoline if you run out of fuel midway.

How are emergency beacons used?

Having a V-16 light in the car is key to ensuring that the driver does not have to take unnecessary risks in the event of an incident on the road. That's why Help Flash reminds us that according to the Roadside Assistance Royal Decree approved in March 2021, these emergency beacons are currently a legal replacement for safety triangles.

Until January 2026, drivers can choose to signal a roadside incident using the safety triangles or the V-16 hazard lights in their analog and connected versions. However, from that date on, the safety triangles could not be used, nor could the analogue V-16 lights, and it would be mandatory to signal a crash or failure by means of integrated beacons.

This is a measure that aims to reduce accidents on the road, as emergency triangles do not put the driver's safety first, as they have to get out of the car and walk up to 100 meters to place it on the ground, leaving it in a possible danger. collision Moreover, they are not effective, nor for all people, because to use them, you need to travel several meters to install it; They are not compatible with motorcycles due to their large size and cannot be used by people with reduced mobility.

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