More than million tourists stay at the same time in our country during the high summer season. Many of them come by car, so the traffic jams and queues are very often and so are car accidents.
- Be patient while driving, and don’t drive if you are tired or drunk.
- If you have been driving all night and feel tired, either stop somewhere and take a nap, or let someone else in your car drive. Many tragic car accidents happened early in the morning, when the drivers have spent all night driving, and fell asleep.
Sea and naval traffic
Every summer, either for inexperience, inattention or overestimating their possibilities, many tourists die in the sea or boat accidents. So please read carefully following warnings:
- If you rent a boat or any other naval vessel, make sure you have read weather forecast, especially pay attention on warnings issued for the Adriatic sea and naval traffic.
- In the case of bad weather forecast or thunderstorm warnings, if you must use the boat, make sure you are always close to the shore, to be able to hide quickly.
- Summer thunderstorms are short but extremely unpredictable and strong, and can become wild in just a few minutes. If you see thunderstorm coming, or the Meteorological service has issued warnings, do not cast off by a boat or swim too far from the shore.
- Persons who are driving the boat must have a valid driving license for boats.
- Speed boating at speed, water-skiing and wind surfing are forbidden in harbours and their depending areas (especially harbour entrance), in narrow channels, bays, coves etc., also where sea traffic is intense. In other zones speedboats must keep at least 200 m from the shore.
- Water gliding is forbidden closer than 300 m from the shore.
- Don’t swim too far away from the shore. You may be in danger of the boats, jet-skis or speed boats, or you may get tired.
- Avoid being in the sun whole day.
- Do not try to swim to the shore across. It always seems closer than it really is. Every year few people die trying to swim to a shore across. Those kind of undertakes do professional marathon swimmers with an escort, and it takes years of training.
- Always keep an eye on children or inexperienced swimmers while in the sea.
- Respect the sea and it’s characteristics – sea is not a lake, currents and winds can be very strong and accidents can happen in a second.
Trekking and mountain climbing
- If you decide to go trekking or mountain climbing make sure you have appropriate shoes, clothes and enough fresh water.
- Always take your cellphone in case you get lost or need help.
- Do not go trekking or climbing mountains before night. If you do, take flashlights and some extra clothes.
- On the mountains, always follow the directions and marks. Do not try to invent some new routes on the mountain you don’t know extremely well.
- Respect the nature, it’s characteristics and do not underestimate the terrain.
In Croatia, any open fire is forbidden in period from 1st of June until 31st of October. Due to high temperatures and lack of rain, any small flame can turn into destructive fire.
- If you notice a fire, please alert other persons in your surroundings; immediately inform the fire service on telephone number 93, or emergency telephone number 112.
- Attempt to extinguish the fire before the arrival of the fire brigade, but do not place yourself or others in danger.
- Do not throw burning objects or inflammable objects into the environment.
- To not throw lit cigarettes out of the car while driving.
- Do not make a barbecue if the wind is too strong.
- Observe the signs forbidding the lighting of fires.
- Take care that your parked vehicles do not obstruct fire-fighting approaches and access roads.
Important telephone numbers
- 112 – single emergency call number
- 192 – police
- 93 – fire brigade
- 94 – ambulance
- 195 – rescue at sea
- 1987 – Croatian Automobile Club