The topic of active and passive safety of ŠKODA cars, as well as traffic education and prevention, are key topics for us, which we have been dealing with for many years. We strive to make roads safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, which is why we support a number of preventive projects to promote road safety.

TRAFFIC SAFETY RESEARCH

Thanks to the Traffic Safety Research, it is possible to better understand behavior of cars in traffic accidents, to know the level of their protection and to identify areas for future improvement. Knowledge from traffic accidents helps in the development of elements of active and passive safety in ŠKODA cars. The key research partners are all units of the integrated rescue system. Over the last ten years, experts from the traffic safety research team have analyzed more than 1,000 real traffic accidents and have also participated in the training of rescuers and state institutions.

OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH

The main task of ŠKODA AUTO is to increase the safety of manufactured cars. Road safety is a priority both in the development and production of cars and in preventive projects within the framework of social responsibility.

The Traffic Safety Research team is engaged in a detailed analysis of the causes, circumstances and course of various road accidents. Thanks to this, it is possible to better understand the behavior of cars in traffic accidents, know the level of their protection and identify areas for future improvement.

Knowledge from traffic accidents helps in the development of elements of active safety and passive safety for ŠKODA cars. These findings are further used in the prevention of road safety and traffic education of children.

The traffic safety research team creates unique films from crash tests, takes care of disseminating information on how to travel safely in a car and conducts various professional trainings. In cooperation with the Fire and Rescue Service, it provides training for firefighters so that they know ŠKODA cars as well as possible and can quickly and safely rescue the crew from a crashed car.

The key research partners are the Police of the Czech Republic, the Fire and Rescue Service, emergency medical services, hospitals and a number of other governmental and non-governmental organizations.

PROCESS OF THE RESEARCH

TECHNICAL PART

We document the situation at the scene of the accident and the damage to the car and verify the function of active and passive safety features (presence of child seats, glass contamination, etc.). Apparent details (adjustment of backrests or backrests, view from the car) can explain the driver's behavior or the possible cause of his injury. Seeing a crashed car immediately after an accident, when it has not yet been tampered with, is of great importance to us.

MEDICAL PART

We also find out the health status of the participants in a traffic accident before and after the accident and we try to find a mechanism for the occurrence of individual injuries.

PSYCHOLOGICAL PART

We monitor the causes of the accident in terms of driver behavior and condition and the presence of disturbances. The basis is an interview with the participants of the traffic accident.

COOPERATION ON TRAFFIC SAFETY AND EDUCTATION

The "ŠKODA AUTOškolám" program is designed for Czech driving schools and independent instructors to enable them to purchase new cars under very advantageous conditions. Because learning to drive in a car you rely on is essential to gaining the right habits and confidence behind the wheel and in traffic.

Since 2012, we have been cooperating on the interactive "Safe Roads" portal and we are its general partner. The portal offers practical information on traffic safety, deals with traffic education, but also provides information for driving school students.

We are also dedicated to "Playful ŠKODA", the online educational program for children. As a part of our grant programs, we aim to reduce places with an increased risk of collisions between pedestrians, cyclists and cars. And we also focus on traffic education of the youngest generation, which develops habits in the field of traffic safety for years to come.

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