Travel safely

Driving on the motorway

Just like on any major or minor road, it’s extremely important to drive cautiously and safely on the motorway. You must keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and your speed must be appropriate for the lane that you're in, the amount of traffic and the weather conditions.

Follow our advice to plan your journey in the best way possible and to be prepared for anything!

Road safety

When driving on the motorway the most dangerous infringements  are:

  • exceeding the speed limit of 130 km/h by more than 40 km/h;
  • driving in the wrong direction; driving along the hard shoulder;
  • drink-driving;
  • not keeping a safe distance;
  • overtaking on the right;
  • transporting dangerous goods without authorisation.

Main rules applicable to motorway drivers

  • Make sure your vehicle is running efficiently
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 130 km per hour
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Be cautious when overtaking
  • Always use your indicator when overtaking
  • Always drive with dipped headlights, even during the day
  • When driving, only ever use your mobile phone with a hands-free kit or speakerphone
  • Never exceed the blood alcohol limit of 0.5 grammes per litre
  • If you're tired, take a break at a service station or parking area
  • Use the right-hand lane that’s free
  • Do not change direction and do not reverse
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
  • Do not use the hard shoulder

For further information on road traffic laws in Italy, please visit the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport website.

Traffic assistance

A team of skilled professionals carefully monitors the motorways and intervenes effectively whenever necessary, thereby improving the level of service provided to drivers. The Company ensures traffic assistance through an operating structure made up of the main Road System Operations Centre and Road System Support Centres

Operations Centre

The Operations Centre is a permanent service that processes all information relating to the road system and traffic. This information is provided by external personnel or from the 73 camera stations positioned along the motorway.

Another important source of information for the Operations Centre comes from the weather stations and sensors that are able to provide complete monitoring of traffic and weather conditions.

This service is active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and controls the flow of traffic on the motorway, providing drivers with traffic information and coordinating the company resources who provide traffic assistance and customer support, also in the case of accidents.

In case of an emergency, the Operations Centre contacts external emergency services depending on the type of help needed.

Traffic restrictions

NO OVERTAKING FOR HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES > 12 t

The Company imposes an overtaking ban on heavy goods vehicles with authorised loads of more than 12 tonnes.

This ban, which is clearly indicated to drivers, is applicable for both directions of the motorway, Monday to Friday from 07.00 to 21.00, between Vicenza Ovest and Vicenza Est.

An exception is made to the aforementioned ban in the following cases:

  • when entering the motorway from tollbooths and service/rest areas
  • when overtaking exceptional transport
  • when there are tailbacks caused by accidents or roadworks


MANDATORY WINTER TYRES

The stretch of motorway between BRESCIA OVEST and SIRMIONE is characterised by frequent ups and downs which can cause considerable setbacks for the flow of traffic during the winter when it snows and when temperatures drop, despite the preventive measures taken against these weather conditions.

For this stretch of motorway, a specific decree has therefore been implemented making it mandatory to use winter tyres or to have snow chains or another approved non-slip system in your vehicle, from 15th November until 15th April. Dedicated signs have been installed along the motorway.

 

RESTRICTIONS ON EXCEPTIONAL TRAFFIC

Vehicles or exceptional means of transport exceeding 3.50 metres in length can only travel on the motorway between 21.00 and 06.00 from Monday to Friday.
 
SPEED LIMITS

In accordance with Italian road traffic laws and other more general provisions, the following speed limits are also in force, in place of the normal 130 km/h:

  • 110 km per hour in the rain
  • 50 km per hour in the fog