News! With the Caravan on a winter holiday!
News, for you if you go on a winter holiday with a trailer or a caravan, winter tires are in principle not mandatory, but for safety reasons they are urgently recommended. So if you are going on a winter holiday with your caravan, it is certainly advisable to equip your caravan with the right tires! Also look for information on www.caravanrepair.eu.
The obligation to use winter tires in Germany
It is also news that the use of winter tires in Germany is mandatory when there is ice, snow, sleet and sleet. That applies to all wheels, so also yours motorhome and caravan. If you use summer tires on the road in winter conditions, you risk a fine of 60 euros. And if you obstruct traffic as a result, the fine is even higher. In addition, your insurance may not cover any damage or liability incurred if you are involved in an accident without winter tires.
Rules, fines and obligations
Sometimes other traffic rules apply abroad than those we know in the Netherlands. News is, for example, that as a driver who wears glasses in Spain, you should always have spare glasses with you? And the amounts for fines are sometimes much higher than in the Netherlands. In Norway you will pay € 1012.89 (10,200 NOK) as a last resort if you press the accelerator too hard, resulting in a criminal case and disqualification from driving. And who in Italy with winter tires driving in the summer period, risks a fine of a minimum of € 419 and a maximum of € 1,682. To avoid unnecessary fines or difficult situations, it is advisable to read briefly before departure about the biggest differences in foreign traffic.
Driving in the mountains
As soon as you pass the Dutch border, the landscape quickly changes. Hills provide an adjustment in your driving style. Where in the Netherlands it is best to drive in fifth gear at 80 kilometers per hour, you do not do well in a hilly landscape. You have to tour in the mountains. When you step on the gas, the car should still be able to accelerate. If this is not possible, switch back. Otherwise, the engine will be overloaded and can overheat – especially if the car is at, at or over the maximum payload. For downhill riding, a low gear is the best choice. When you take your foot off the gas, the car should slow down on its own. Continuously applying the brakes is not necessary and this prevents damage to the braking system.
Mandatory tools Europe
News, unlike in the Netherlands, strict requirements apply in most (Southern) European countries for the safety equipment in the car. In addition to a warning triangle, a first-aid kit, safety vests for all occupants, spare lamps, an alcohol test and a fire extinguisher are sometimes required. These tools and other important items that you may need during the car holiday should be kept in an easily accessible place. That is not in that one bag somewhere in the back of the trunk under all those black, large bags. If you rent a car abroad with a registration number of the country itself, sometimes other obligations apply. Always check the applicable requirements with the rental company.
Check tire pressure
Check the tire pressure after fully loading the car: for better road holding and fuel economy, it should be increased when the car is heavily loaded. The slacker the tires, the more fuel is consumed during the journey. But also make sure that the tension is not too high, because that can cause a blowout and less grip on the road. And that's dangerous. The correct tire pressure differs per car. On a sticker in the door frame, sun or fuel valve there is (probably) a sticker that states the correct tire pressure for your car.
Winter or summer tires?
Also keep in mind what kind of tires you leave for the holiday destination. The majority of Dutch cars run on summer tires all year round. Also in winter. Driving with winter tires is therefore not mandatory in our country. It is different abroad: in the colder periods of the year it is in some European countries required to drive with winter tires. In winter conditions, the braking distance with winter tires is shorter, and the grip on the road is also better. In some areas and under certain weather conditions, snow chains are also mandatory abroad.
It is a completely different story if you drive in the summer, or other periods with warm weather. Then summer tires are better again. These tires are also not mandatory in the Netherlands. Other European countries are also not so strict on driving with summer tires in warm times. However, there are two countries in which summer tires mandatory are in certain periods: in Italy from May 16 to October 14, and in Belgium from April 1 to October 30. Handy to keep this in mind.
Mandatory tools Europe
Unlike in the Netherlands, strict requirements apply in most (Southern) European countries for the safety equipment in the car. In addition to a warning triangle, a first-aid kit, safety vests for all occupants, spare lamps, an alcohol test and a fire extinguisher are sometimes required. These tools and other important items that you may need during the car holiday should be kept in an easily accessible place. That is not in that one bag somewhere in the back of the trunk under all those black, large bags. If you rent a car abroad with a registration number of the country itself, sometimes other obligations apply. Always check the applicable requirements with the rental company.