About 17 million Germans went on holiday last year by car. From June 22nd to September 11th, when at least one federal state is a summer holiday, thousands of families will return to the motorways with their cars to drive the popular holiday resorts in Germany and the neighboring European countries. The safety vest is the mandatory equipment for road safety.
Before the holiday trip to the tire check
The Tire Quality Initiative of the German Traffic Safety Council (DVR) and its partners recommends that a careful tire check be carried out in good time before travel begins. If you are driving with a tire without a tire, you will not only do something for your own safety, but also for those who are on the road. Nothing trims the joy of the well-earned holiday more than a tire on any European highway. If you want to be certain, ask for a tire check for a specialist, who can also make a possible tire change. Those who prefer to test their tires themselves should take the following advice:
With summer tire in summer vacation
Ever since Easter, according to the well-known rule of thumb "From O to O", the winter tires should be stored and the summer tires should be reared. Anyone who is still on the road with winter tires should change at the latest. Due to their nature, summer tires on hot asphalt wear less strongly and shorten the braking distance significantly in the case of full braking.
Adjust the tire pressure and pay attention to the minimum profile depth
If the tire pressure is too low, the tire will wear more quickly. If the tire is too high, the bearing surface will decrease and the adhesion will be poorer. Therefore, it is important to keep to the tire pressure indicated on the door handle or in the fuel cap. When the vehicle is fully loaded, it must be increased accordingly. This is often forgotten when you go on holiday. Just as important is the test of the tire profile, because only with sufficient profiling depth the car has also enough on wet roads. For summer tires a minimum profile depth of 3 mm is strongly recommended, so that the water on the road is derived and the car does not come into the proverbial swimming. Not to be despised side effect: With correct tire pressure, drivers in safety clothing are significantly more economical on the road and safer.
Do not start with damaged or old tires
If a tire shows cracks, bumps or drive-in damage, it should be replaced in any case. In the worst case the trip ends with a "flat foot" on the roadside. Visible wear phenomena can also be a sign that the tire has its best days already behind it. The older it is, the more brittle the rubber and the worse its handling. From the age of six years, a tire should be regularly checked for its condition and the profile depth. From the age of ten the DVR recommends the exchange of the tire.
More than the fifth wheel on the car
Once the vehicle has passed this tire check, nothing stands in the way of the unshakable ride. Or better: almost nothing, because the spare wheel is often forgotten, because it is hidden almost invisibly under the trunk. How big is the anger when it is used against expectations, but unfortunately cannot be used due to damage? For the tire check, the conscientious consideration of the reserve tire is just as much the same as that of all others. And, of course, it is advisable to inspect the water and oil level, as well as the presence of a vest, reflective vest (ideal for all inmates, as is required in some countries). Afterwards, you can relax and enjoy your holiday.