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Drive Hokkaido

Safety-minded driving

Basic rules and manners

Driving on winter roads

  • Change tires early
  • Early brake operation and the use of engine braking
  • Soft brake operation and ABS
    (anti-lock brake system)
  • Watch your distance

What to do in a traffic accident

Major road signs and traffic lights in Japan

Hokkaido
Traffic Safety Group, Safe Living Environment Promotion Division, Bureau of Lifestyle Improvement, Department of Environment and Lifestyle, Hokkaido Government
Kita 3-jo, Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Tel: 011-204-5219
Fax: 011-232-4820

The year’s slogan , Stop traffic fatalities , For a safe and secure motorized society ? Hokkaido

Safety-minded driving

Slow down

When driving on wide, long roads surrounded by extensive scenery in Hokkaido, people tend to drive too fast.
However, remember that excessive speed could lead to traffic accidents.
Observe speed limits and drive at safe speeds, considering road and weather conditions.

Slow down


Seatbelts and child seats

While driving, please ensure that everyone in the car has his or her seatbelt fastened.
All small children must sit in child seats.
When riding a motorcycle (or moped), be sure to wear a helmet.

Seatbelts and child seats


Do not drive after drinking

Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol.
You also must not urge a driver to drink, or lend a vehicle to or ride together with a driver who has been drinking.

Do not drive after drinking


Use of headlights: Daytime-Lights-On Movement

When driving a vehicle, keep headlights on even during the day.
By driving with lights on:

  • Drivers raise their own awareness of safe driving.
  • Drivers draw the attention of other drivers and pedestrians.
  • Drivers make it easy for others to notice the presence and position of their cars.

Use of headlights Daytime-Lights-On Movement