Program & activities

Program

Day 1 – Opening day (2 September 2024); Duration – 6 hours

Day 1 of the Road Safety Summer School will feature registration, a welcome speech by the Dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, a presentation of the Road Safety Summer School program and the first lectures on topics such as current road safety policies and strategies.

Day 2 – Vehicles day (3 September 2024); Duration – 5 hours

Participants will learn about automotive technology, with a special emphasis on the safety impacts of partially and fully automated, as well as connected vehicles. Throughout the day, participants will learn about the current state-of-the-art technologies used in vehicles to enhance road safety, such as the working principles of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and the functioning of vehicle sensors. The day’s discussions will cover the challenges associated with automated vehicles and explore future trends in connected and automated transportation.

Day 3 – Human factor (4 September 2024); Duration – 7 hours

Participants will learn about human perception and the processing of visual information in road traffic. Additionally, participants will gain insights into the patterns of road user behavior and decision-making across various traffic situations and conditions. The day will focus on understanding the role of personality and motivational factors in risky driving behaviors. Participants will be introduced to safety risks associated with distractions and discover contemporary research methods that examine human factors impacting road safety and explore the application of eye tracking in road safety research.

Day 4 – Road and environment (5 September 2024); Duration – 6 hours

Participants will focus on the principles of safe road design. They will learn about how sight limitations impact driver behavior and explore the concept of self-explaining and forgiving roads. Additionally, participants will learn about the safety effects of roundabout designs, gaining valuable insights into modern approaches to enhancing road safety.

Day 5 – Road and environment Part 2 (6 September 2024); Duration – 8 hours

Participants will explore the safety risks related to low visibility conditions and the importance of road markings and signs in ensuring road safety. They will discover why the quality of road markings and signs is essential through a laboratory demonstration. Additionally, participants will experience a field presentation showcasing measuring equipment used for quality control of road markings and signs. The day will also cover the fundamental concepts behind traffic lights, including their purpose and operation. Furthermore, participants will learn about smart traffic lights and how they contribute to improving road safety.

Day 6 – Road Safety Systems (7 September 2024); Duration – 7 hours

Participants will explore various aspects of road safety systems. They will learn about crash cushions, understanding why and where they are used to mitigate the impact of collisions. Participants will also get introduced to the Road Connect management platform, aimed at enhancing the speed and reliability of roadside maintenance. The day will include discussions on work zone protection and road restraint systems, essential for ensuring safety in construction areas and on highways. Additionally, participants will examine smart roadside guardrails through a case study focusing on improving road safety for motorcyclists. Furthermore, the day will cover the intersection of road design and motorcycle safety, providing valuable insights into designing roads that prioritize the
safety of motorcyclists.

Day 7 – Crash Analysis (9 September 2024); Duration – 8 hours

Participants will delve into advanced topics related to traffic accident analysis and road safety. They will learn how to analyze traffic accidents using data from event data recorders installed in vehicles. Furthermore, they will gain insights into the importance of vehicle technical inspections for road traffic safety. Participants will also witness real crash tests conducted on a test field, providing firsthand experience and understanding of the dynamics of vehicle collisions. Additionally, the day will cover traffic accident reconstruction using tools like PC Crash, allowing participants to explore how accidents are analyzed and reconstructed for safety evaluations.

Day 8 – Road Safety Inspection (10 September 2024); Duration – 7 hours

Participants will get introduced to the process of “black spots” identification based on a Croatian case study. They will learn about basic concepts and regulations related to road safety inspection in the EU and the overall road safety inspection process. Participants will explore the iRAP (International Road Assessment Programmer), gaining insights into global experiences with road safety assessments and improvements. The day will include discussions on crash modification factors and surrogate safety measures, essential for evaluating and mitigating road safety risks.

Day 9 – Road Safety Inspection – Field work (11 September 2024); Duration – 7 hours

Participants will engage in practical fieldwork focused on Road Safety Inspection. They will have the opportunity to conduct inspection on-site, applying theoretical knowledge to real-world road safety assessments. In addition to fieldwork, participants will collaborate in group activities involving a presentation on identified potential safety issues at inspected roads.

Social activities

What kind of summer would it be without a lot of fun?

Opening day

(02/09/2024)

RSSS opening day dinner

Welcome dinner

(costs included in the participation fee)

DAY 2

(03/09/2024)

Zagreb from above

Guided tour of the City of Zagreb

(costs included in the participation fee)

Day 10

(11/09/2024)

RSSS gala dinner

Gala dinner

(costs included in the participation fee)

Optional extracurricular activities

You will also have a lot of time to explore and enjoy Croatia. Here are some suggestions for things to do!

Visit Plitvice Lakes

The largest protected nature area in Croatia, and a favorite tourist destination. Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors a walk through a landscape of unique and unforgettable beauty. The heart of the National Park consists of low turquoise lakes and beautiful waterfalls.

Visit Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Ever since its opening on February 27, 2010, the Krapina Neanderthal Museum has been lauded as one of the best places to visit in Croatia. The topic of neanderthals is interesting in its own right, and the museum presents it in a very unique and attention-grabbing way.

Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Visit Karlovac and Ozalj

Start your day in Ozalj, the town of the Frankopan and Zrinski families, by visiting the Ozalj Homeland Museum. You can also go to the Old Town of Ozalj, which has a 6000-year history. In the immediate vicinity is a beautiful hydroelectric power plant called Munjara, which was built in 1906 and produces electricity.

If you’re looking for more ideas visit feel free to check out the Zagreb tourist board, or  learn more about your destination

(costs of optional extracurricular activities are not included in the participation fee)

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