Winter driving

Preparations for a long trip

Updated 7/9/2020

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 map data in the navigation system* is updated, and to check the regulations for loading and for travelling on a car ferry or train, if appropriate. Note that there may be extra costs abroad for data roaming when the car is online.

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