Preparations for a long trip

Before a driving holiday or some other type of long journey, it is important to check the car's functions and equipment particularly carefully.
Check that
  • the engine is working normally and that fuel consumption is normal
  • there are no leaks (fuel, oil or other fluid)
  • brake force during braking is optimal
  • all lamps are working - adjust headlamp level if the car is heavily laden
  • the tyres have sufficient tread depth and pressure. Change to winter tyres when driving to areas where there is a risk of snowy or icy road surfaces
  • starter battery charging is good
  • the wiper blades are in good condition
  • a warning triangle and high-visibility vest are located in the car - legally required in certain countries

It may also be advisable to make sure that the maps in the navigation system* are updated, and to check the regulations for loading and for travelling on a car ferry or train, if appropriate.

Note that additional data roaming costs may be charged when the car is online abroad.

  1. * Option/accessory.