German Road Safety App: Better Road Safety for All

The multilingual app “German Road Safety” helps foreign-language road users orient themselves on German roads. The German Road Safety Council (DVR), who are behind the free app, have been honored with the DEKRA Award 2017 for the “Safety on the Road” category.

The German Road Safety App delivers multimedia hints and tips for safe road behavior in nine languages. Photo: Norbert Böwing

German Road Safety is for everybody

The German Road Safety App is designed to improve collective safety and mobility for all those active in German public life. The app is an animated compact guide and offers a comprehensive overview of the most important traffic regulations to heed when using German roads.

The free app has already been making huge waves, and is aimed at all stakeholders in road traffic safety. “German traffic laws are new for everybody that arrives here. After all, we are all foreigners somewhere. German Road Safety is directed at all those that wish to engage with traffic situations in a safe manner,” states Christian Kellner, Chief Executive of the DVR. A primary goal of the DVR is to ensure that displaced persons are aware of and able to abide by the most important traffic laws in Germany, thus enabling them to be safe road users. “Mobility is a basic need and connects both people and cultures. German Road Safety is just us doing our part to embody a welcoming culture”, explains Kellner.

DEKRA Award 2017 – Safety on the road | DVR from DEKRA on Vimeo.

Many institutions already use the German Road Safety App

Each topic area in the app provides valuable tips for safe behavior in a range of typical traffic situations. Video animations support text content that is both informative and inspires people to get out and be mobile. Rounding off the app’s content are two quiz modules that allow users to test their knowledge, and a list of important points of contact. Many institutions across Germany are already taking full advantage of German Road Safety’s offering. The app is also being used by integration associations, language schools, the police, sports clubs and driving schools. The German Road Safety App is available in nine different languages: German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.

The DVR has long been working on extending the scope of the app. It already includes the sections “Using Local Transport,” “By Foot,” “Cycling,” and “Cars and Motorcycles.” The categories “Children and Roads” and “First Aid” are in the pipeline.

DVR Chief Executive Christian Kellner and DVR Expert Marc-Philipp Waschke. Photo: Norbert Böwing

Testing organization DEKRA conveys the DEKRA Award for outstanding performances in each of three categories: “Safety on the Road,” “Safety at Work,” and “Safety in the Home.” The focus of the accolade is not products themselves, rather best practices. More information regarding the DEKRA Award can be found at www.dekra-award.de.

In addition to the online version, you can also find the German Road Safety App in the App Store and Google Play Store.

The winner in the category “Safety in the Home”: 

Pflasterpass Initiative: Playful First-Aid Teaching for Kids

The winner in the category “Safety at Work”: 

Caverion Improves Employee Awareness of Ladder Accidents

 

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