Czech Autobahn Pirates

In the May 2011 issue, the ADAC alerted its readers to the issue of Autobahnpiraten (highway pirates) driving along the Czech highway scouting for cars with German license plates.

This is how they operate – they follow the car along the highway, then ask the driver to pull over.

They might beg for money or try to sell fake jewelry. If the driver is not willing to give money or buy, then in some cases, the wallet will be taken by force.

Alert: Do not stop and/or call  112 for help.

Autobahn Traffic Rating

The Autobahn A3 between Frankfurt and Würzburg, the one we take going back for visits to Lower Franconia, has been rated one of the Top 30 in regards to Stau (traffic jam).

Just this past Friday we experienced a Vollsperrung (complete closure) and had to take the scenic route towards Schweinfurt. It was worth it, though.

The ADAC published the following results for the A3 (Frankfurt – Würzburg) for 2010:

3000 traffic jams, 3500 hours of waiting, with 6600 km in total.

ICE Emergency Address Book for Mobile Phones

The German ADAC published the following useful reminder in its December 2009 issue:

This program has spread across Europe and Australia and is also becoming popular in North America.

In case of emergency (ICE) is a program that enables emergency personnel, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and notify their next of kin and/or to obtain important medical information.

How? ICE encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address book under the name ICE. Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as ICE1, ICE2, etc.

In the event of a trauma, it is critical to obtain medical information quickly which can increase the victim’s chances of survival. With ICE in your phone, that time can be significantly reduced. Emergency responders can quickly find out whom to contact to confirm the identity of a casualty. Additionally, the ICE contact may be able to provide vital medical information such as blood group and allergies, and give consent for emergency treatment.

Please set up an ICE in your mobile and remind your friends and loved ones to do the same.

Thanks to British paramedic Bob Brotchie, who came up with this idea in 2005.

Thanks to ADAC for publishing this important message.

ADAC Route Planner

In its latest monthly issue, March 2008, the ADAC warns of false advertisement in its name.

What is the ADAC? To listen to an explanation, click here.

There are several websites – not affiliated with the ADAC at all – offering route planners for a charge up to € 100.–. The ADAC has been made aware of that and has now issued this warning in its magazine. These websites look like ADAC but charge – in small print – for this service.

As an ADAC member, your route planner will be free to download at:

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