5 Tips to Prepare for the Holy Week

Holy Week arrives, and with it, travel. We are many who choose to move by car. We give you some tips to keep in mind before traveling on these dates.

Prepare the car

More modern vehicles increasingly include driver assistance items. Its pressure is insufficient or excessive, or the time has come for periodic inspection or replacing parts such as the timing belt, for example.

It is best to put yourself in the hands of your trusted workshop, and if your vehicle is older, it is best to check, a few days before traveling, and at least:

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  •  Tires: Pressure, drawing depth, and general condition checking that there are no irregular wear or bumps or cuts.
  • Lights: check that all the pilots and lamps (crossing, road, position, reverse, fog, turn signals) work front and rear.
  • Brakes: See if, when braking, hears squeaks, longer braking distances, or deviations to the sides of the path marked with the steering wheel. If so, go to your workshop to check pads and discs.
  • Battery: Check it even if you do not notice starting problems and clean the terminals if they are sulfated. Most road failures have an electrical origin.
  • Steering and suspension: If you have noticed slacks when turning the steering wheel or that the trajectory, noises, or vibrations when driving or that increases the braking distance increases, have them examine these elements.
  • Moons and windshield wipers: Check the condition of the moons and wiper blades, and don’t forget the level of the washer fluid.
  • Levels: Review the level of the oil in the crankcase, the brake fluid, the coolant and add – always in the same class – if necessary.

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Place your luggage well

In case of an accident, a bad luggage placement can compromise your safety. Follow these steps to avoid them:

  • All objects in the trunk, even the very light ones.
  • Fasten the seat belts, even if no one is sitting: they will make it difficult for luggage to invade the cabin in case of sudden braking
  • The heaviest packages underneath, in the most advanced area, and the largest and most rigid suitcases in the background; The rest is over.
  • Attach the load to the mooring points (with fasteners or nets).
  • Fasten the seat belts even if there is no passenger: it makes it difficult for luggage to invade the passenger compartment.
  • If the boot is insufficient, use a roof boot.
  • The behavior of the car varies if it is loaded. Roof trunks raise the center of gravity, making the vehicle more unstable, and the greater weight reduces power and increases the braking distance.
  • Do not place objects in the rear tray: they reduce vision to the driver and, in sudden braking, can damage the occupants.

What time do you go out

Once the car has been checked and able to travel, plan the departure and return time. Check the days and hours in which the highest traffic flow is expected, especially on the road you plan to use and at what points the largest traffic flows expected. Sometimes, with advancing or delaying our departure schedule a bit, we can find a more fluid circulation.

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Alternative routes

In mass departures and returns, such as Easter, drivers coincide in destinations and hours. Very dense traffic degenerates into retentions or traffic jams. Anticipate an alternative route to your destination. For this, it uses the maps with the points where conflicting points expected. And the map that the DGT elaborates where the incidents on the roads reported in real-time.

Also, check the roads and sections where the DGT will install measures to improve the flow of traffic.

There are also websites and apps – we recommend the DGT app – that allows you to prepare and compare itineraries based on distance, whether the route took by highway or not, planned travel times. Also, browsers and apps are informing about incidents and recalculate the route.

Retention is inevitable

We tell you how to behave if, despite all the precautions, you are in a hold to get out of it safely.

The massive influx of vehicles and other circumstances, such as accidents – many times caused by actions that can be avoided by following the advice on the following pages. Or by points where speed must reduce – curves, end of special lanes or highways, slopes, where we can also find vehicles moving slowly – they cause traffic jams.

That is why it is important to increase prudence, leave greater safety distance, do not change lanes constantly and impatiently, look two or three cars ahead, do not get distracted.

What You Need to Take in Car for Winter Trip

Are you prepared to face the cold? Getting caught in the car by the storm is a situation that we all try to avoid, but that can inevitably happen. To be as well prepared as possible, we make a selection of products that can help you if you suffer from this situation.

  • Mobile phone and charger.  All an indispensable that we always carry on. Due to the great use that we give it, you should try to keep the battery as long as possible. A charger can connect to the vehicle. The mobile can be decisive because, if caught, thanks to it, you can notify emergencies and indicate the location. It is important to know the state of the roads in real-time, the recommendations provided by the institutions at all times.

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  • Indispensable is the high visibility reflective vest. Remember that its use is mandatory when you leave the vehicle and take care of the roadway or the shoulder of the interurban roads. Of course, it must approve.
  • Triangles. They must be used in case of immobilization of the vehicle by accident unless the traffic conditions do not allow it. They must place at least 50 meters away so that they are visible from 100 meters. In two-way tracks, one must place in front and one behind. On one-way tracks or more than three lanes, place one.
  • An emergency light also recommended increasing visibility

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  • . It is a luminous device that warns of the presence of an immobilized vehicle and is optional. It is auto yellow, high visibility, and should place on a flat surface.
  • First aid kit It is with essentials such as alcohol, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, scissors, ointments, and bandages.
  • A blanket, especially if the breakdown or retention arises during the night and lasts for several hours.
  • Some tweezers or battery charger  The battery is one of the elements that suffer most from the cold
  • Snow chains The storm may appear without warning, and, suddenly, the use of snow chains is necessary and mandatory if winter tires did not wear. In cold weather, it is not too bad to carry snow chains in the trunk.

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  • A box with basic tools It is with wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, electrical tape.
  • Finally, bring non-perishable water and food without refrigeration, such as energy bars, in case the retention lasts several hours.

We also recommend you check your car before taking a long trip to check that everything is working correctly.

What is All-Season Continental Tires

At any season, on any surface and in all conditions, the grip is a challenge for the tires. These are an important requirement for your safety and therefore require maximum performance on all surfaces and stations. Seasonal tires are specialized in specific conditions to ensure greater safety and the best performance in any situation.

It is therefore advisable to use winter tires in winter conditions and summer tires in summer conditions. However, in certain circumstances, All-Season tires or four seasons can be a good alternative. In mild climatic zones and without demanding winters, they are the best option if you use your car mainly in urban areas or have limited annual mileage.

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To this end, “All Season Contact” was born, which combines both good winter and summer benefits, as well as having the best rolling resistance in its class. If you encounter unexpected winter conditions, All-Season Contact with the Alpine symbol offers good safety reserves and certified per the latest winter tire regulations.

CONTINENTAL PNEUMATIC ADVANTAGES

Continental tires offer you the perfect technology for all applications and stations.

  • Impressive grip in snow and wet Due to its Resin for Winter Benefits and a large amount of silica in Traction Silica Compound, the new AllSeasonContact ™ always remains flexible. This versatility ensures excellent performance on snowy and wet roads.

All Season Continental tires

  • Good performance in dry braking It can use on the road thanks to the flexible design for all the tread stations. The new AllSeasonContact ™ convinces in all the benefits in summer. It is due to the combination of open shoulders for high performance compared to aquaplaning and robust design with fewer lamellae for better handling and dry braking
  • The best rolling resistance performance in its class achieved through construction for energy optimization during all seasons. The impressive decrease in rolling resistance based on the optimization of the geometry of the sidewalls and the optimal depth of the design leads to a significant reduction in fuel consumption without compromising safety.