The snow season has already begun, and more and more people enjoy or are interested in winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding. In Spain, we have some of the best ski slopes in the world, and due to the few options there are, the favorite means of transportation to reach them is the car. Therefore, it is important to take into account certain tips that will make travel much safer and that those who travel with their equipment. Do so responsibly to avoid that this luggage becomes a potential risk for the occupants of the vehicle.
Caution on the road:
With snow on the asphalt, the safety distance should increase, and it is convenient to know that visibility reduces, so maneuvers should be done gently at all times. Also, if the snow begins to set and the vehicle does not mount winter tires, it is very important to know how the chains placed since. When the weather becomes so adverse, doing so in the shortest possible time will be something that you will surely appreciate.
If the road is flat, without slopes, the newly fallen snow can overcome with caution without major problems. However, special attention should be paid to the steep slopes since it is there where snow accumulates and can cause the wheels to skid if they do not ride on winter tires or chains. With snow already set and in those cases where asphalt has already accumulated a few centimeters, it is advisable to follow the roads marked by the passage of other vehicles and monitor the outside temperature to be aware of the appearance of ice sheets.
This infographic that the DGT has published in its digital magazine shows how to act you find ice or snow on the road.
Transport the equipment safely
From the SEAT press team, we have received a statement in which they offer various tips so that carrying the ski equipment as luggage does not become a risk to the safety of those traveling in the vehicle. Placing and holding it proper is essential because in the event of a collision at a speed of 50 km / h, skis weighing only 5 kg, would weigh 150 kg. What should be taken into account to transport skis, snowboards, helmets, boots, or poles comfortably and safely?
Choose a ski carrier:
There are four different types of ski carriers on the market: roof, magnetic, wheel, or tow ball. Choosing the best one will already depend on the needs or tastes of each one. Generally, the magnetic ones are a good solution for occasional skiers since they placed in a very simple way. However, it must remember that with a magnetic ski carrier, you cannot exceed 90 km / h and that, in case of an accident, they are less safe than the rest.
Roof racks or those that placed on the towing ball are the most common among winter sports fans and wheel sports, among those who have a four × four-vehicle or use one to travel to the slopes. It is important to know that, if you choose a roof ski rack, the tips of the skis should always be oriented backward.
Carry skis or snowboard inside the vehicle:
Despite what many may think, it is permissible to transport skis or snowboard inside the vehicle, although always taking into account certain guidelines. Although not mandatory, the covers highly recommended as they facilitate the securing of the load and protect the edges. If you choose this form of transport and in case you make use of the folding part of the back seat so that part of your equipment occupies one of the vehicle’s seats transversely, remember that all objects must be firmly attached.
The rest of the material, in the trunk or a chest:
Boots, helmets, and canes must place in the trunk of the vehicle along with the rest of the luggage. It is convenient to place the heaviest elements at the bottom, and the bottom as this will prevent them from moving. The cases and canes can be placed above, but never on the trunk tray because, in case of sudden braking or crash, they would be dismissed.
Another solution, if the space inside the trunk is limited, opting for a chest can be a good solution since depending on the dimensions you have, it will surely serve to transport all the material together: skis or board, boots, helmets, and sticks.
Is it necessary to adapt the driving?
Of course. When driving with external elements (ski or chest carrier) or with heavy loads in the trunk, the driving can condition, so it is necessary to adapt it and take precautions. Before starting the trip, you must always check the tire pressure to check if it is adequate. Also, it must take into account that the higher the load, the braking time increased, so, as we have already mentioned at the beginning of this article, it will be necessary to circulate increasing the safety distance.
What do you think of these tips? What method do you use to transport your ski or snowboard equipment to the slopes? Would you add any more recommendations? Could you give us your comments?