Safe winter holidays

Text : Mariola Weindich-Mašek, photos: press release

12 January 2021

A winter holidays is a time for family trips to the mountains, going skiing or for a short winter vacations. Trips in the winter mean difficult road conditions and thus such trip require a car to be prepared in a right way. Properly planned trip, ensured safety and a fully functional car can protect us from unwanted situations on the road.

Prepare for a travel
Before starting a long journey, check a condition of the steering and braking systems. Take a technical inspection of the car, to make sure that the condition of your car will allow you to travel safely. In addition to checking the technical condition of the car, you should not forget about such a simple thing like checking the weather forecast before the departure. This will allow you to be ready for the frost, rain or snow-falls, gusty wind and blizzards. Being aware of the weather conditions that can be expected there, on the route, we can take with us tools that are indispensable in such winter conditions, for example: a scraper, a brush, a winter windscreen washer, chains and a shovel - forewarned is forearmed! A careful and cautious driving means a longer journey, so lets plan more time to reach your destination safely.

How to drive
The most important rule during the winter travels is adjusting our speed to the condition of the road. Because of frequent icing, freeze and thus the risk of skidding, a sufficient distance from the car in front of us should be kept; still having in mind that braking distance on an icy road is several times longer than on a dry one. In very difficult conditions such as a blizzard it would be better to postpone your trip or if you are already on the way, you would better stop until the weather is better. It is equally important not to drive when you are tired. Your concentration is worse, and our reactions delayed. In addition, we risk falling asleep behind the wheel, which can be fatal. Therefore, it is worth remembering about regular stops, and taking a 15-minute break at least every two hours.

Pack your bags carefully
Bags have their place in the boot, so remember to put as little things in the passenger cabin as possible. Always fasten transported luggage, so it does not move in the boot while driving. Put the largest luggage at the bottom, and smaller bags on them, remembering not to limit the visibility of the rear window. In the case of transporting skis and snowboard, it is worth remembering that it is the best to attach them securely to the roof of the car.