Delticom: Get Your Holiday Started – but Safely
HANOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One look at the congestion on the motorways during holiday weekends says it all – the Polish like to use their own car, including when they are going on holiday. In fact, while travelling on vacation, Poles choose to use their own car rather than a train almost three times more often.* The advantages for holidaymakers are obvious – greater time flexibility, no strict baggage restrictions to worry about (as with flying) and greater freedom once they reach their destination. However, to guarantee a safe and stress-free start to any holiday, it is important to invest time in preparing for the journey ahead.
“Otherwise, braking hard can lead to bags or other items in the vehicle becoming dislodged, which can be dangerous. It is also important to remember that tyres will only perform properly if the permitted total laden weight of the vehicle is not exceeded”
Thinking of heading straight from the office onto the motorway? Definitely not recommended! As motoring expert Philip von Grolman from oponytanio.pl points out: "For one thing it is not a great idea to embark on a long journey after a busy day at work, and it is also important in terms of safety to carry out a thorough vehicle check before setting off on holiday". After all, there is nothing more annoying than breaking down en route. Essential pre-holiday checks should always include brakes, tyres, oil level and lights. " Tyres on a fully-laden vehicle have a heavy weight to bear so it is important that they are inflated in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations and that there is still plenty of tread left. The same applies to the spare wheel," says Philip von Grolman.
The minimum tread for summer tyres is 1.6 millimetres, although it is recommended that a tyre should be changed as soon as the remaining tread depth reaches three millimetres. Tyres should also be checked for possible damage, for example from clipping the kerb. As Philip von Grolman points out, carrying out a proper tyre check pays dividends in terms of safety. "Worn or damaged tyres can lead to dangerous driving situations or even a blow-out." Should a replacement be needed, online shops such as www.oponytanio.pl can supply drivers with exactly the tyres they need – providing a fast, no-nonsense service.
As a further safety precaution all basic equipment in the vehicle should also be checked – the first-aid box should still be in date, and a warning triangle should be easily accessible in the boot. It is also recommended to carry a high-visibility yellow or orange safety vest in order to be noticeable to other drivers while repairing a car on a roadside . As a matter of fact, reflective vests have been mandatory in many European countries for some years now and anyone caught without one can expect to pay a fine. "Whichever country you are heading to on holiday, it is also advisable to be familiar with any special regulations in that country. In Croatia, for example, it is obligatory to always keep an extra set of light bulbs in the car”, says Philip von Grolman. One thing you will not need, however – at least not in most European countries – is the old-style green insurance card. These days it is only required for journeys to some East European countries and Turkey.
Mind the car’s maximum load
Loading the family’s holiday luggage into the car can often be a challenge. Experts such as Philip von Grolman from oponytanio.pl warn against overloading a vehicle. "Otherwise, braking hard can lead to bags or other items in the vehicle becoming dislodged, which can be dangerous. It is also important to remember that tyres will only perform properly if the permitted total laden weight of the vehicle is not exceeded". As a basic rule of thumb when loading up the interior and the boot of the car: place heavier items at the bottom, lighter ones on top, and try to distribute the load evenly on both sides of the vehicle - if necessary securing the load, for example with a belt.
* “How do Poles plan their holiday”, www.tripsta.pl
Tyres are available at the online store www.oponytanio.pl and Delticom online stores in other countries.
Other online stores in Poland:
For garages and dealers: www.opony123.pl
Motorcycle tyres: www.moto-opony.pl
Tyre test site: www.testopon.com
For more information on the company, please visit: www.delti.com