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ADAC - Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-club


Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V., ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe, represents the mobility interests of 15.4 million members in Germany.In addition to roadside assistance, consumer protection and public policy are key activities of ADAC.



1. To increase the number of events and participants by an overall 5% over the next three years until 2006. This aim is based on the implementation result of 2003 with some 30,800 events and 754,662 participants. This is composed of the results from various programmes of different performance.


2. Through the development and improvement of its safety training infrastructure (locations, trainers etc.), ADAC will expand its driver training increasing the number of participants from a current 141,000 to 180,000 by 2006.


3. To introduce and implement new road safety programmes for groups of road users frequently involved in road accidents:

  • driver safety training with load securing for drivers of mini-vans
  • quality seal for coaches

4. Involvement in an official testing of a second driver training stage in 13 Federal Länder, i.e. further theoretical and practical training of new drivers after gaining first driving experience, from 2004 to 2007.


5. Development and implementation of the new "fit und mobil" programme for comprehensive care for senior citizens with the following aims:

  • cars suitable for senior citizens o training for elderly drivers
  • medical advice to elderly drivers including a detailed marketing plan for the following fields
  • leisure time (information and advice relating to cars, motorcycles, bikes; advice, products and services with regard to leisure time and travel as well as road safety)
  • health (mobility advice on fitness and driving, effects of medication, health risks and prevention as well as nutrition and exercise).

6. Traffic engineering research, tests and proposals for improvement, e.g.:

  • EuroRAP research on German major roads starting in 2004
  • Study on prevention of accidents involving trees
  • Study on improved accident data to eliminate local accident black-spots
  • Development of an " audit" for improved road safety of existing roads.

7. Car tests and proposals for improvement for safe construction and equipment of the car and the occupants:

  • Testing of some 180 new cars per year with special focus on safety aspects
  • Improvement of braking systems
  • Testing of all kinds of tyres to provide the latest safety information and data for making informed purchase decisions
  • Research into the improvement in visibility inside cars
  • Research into the reduction of cervical spine whiplash injury risks
  • Development of child restraint tests
  • Research into the safety of bicycle and motorcycle helmets.

8. Publication of at least one additional information or awareness article on current road safety issues in each edition of the ADAC magazine "ADAC motorwelt".


9. Development and awareness activities in the field of emergency and traffic medicine in the form of research, events and publications:

  • Addressing important safety-relevant traffic-medical issues in the ADAC - , focusing on advice and ÄrzteCollegium (ADAC forum of medical doctors) information of road-users: assessment guidelines for driving capability, injury patterns with or without helmet from the neurological point of view following bike accidents, first-aid measures performed by laymen at the scene of the accident and self-protection
  • Development and implementation of concepts for the treatment of seriously injured persons, in particular raising the quality of treatment of seriously injured persons and closer co-operation of rescue/ambulance services
  • Concept for the development of co-operation with other European air rescue operators and provision of expertise to interested partners in new EU member states
  • Concept for the intensification of cross-border rescue and co-operation with neighbouring countries
  • Concept for the harmonisation of cross-border education and training in first-aid and emergency medicine

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