Summer tips for a relaxing holiday season

It's summer and even if we live exceptional times caused by COVID-19 sanitary crisis, more and more people are continuing their vacation plans. Therefore, if you decided to leave on vacation with your company car from ALD Automotive, we have drawn up some practical tips for you in order to have a comfortable trip and a relaxing holiday.

First of all we recommend you to take all the sanitary precautions:

  • Keep all the contact points in your car clean:  door handles, steering wheel, gearshift, dashboard buttons
  • Carry a hand sanitizer, wet wipes and gloves with you all the time so that they are available for each trip
  • If you intend to leave for vacation outside Greece, don’t forget to check all the official sources to be fully aware of the rules and restrictions from the respective countries. You may also check https://reopen.europa.eu/en

ALD Automotive stays connected with you even from a distance. If your vehicle is immobilized, you can contact us at +30 210 48 40 000.

Getting your vehicle ready to go

Summer tips 1

  • Perform the revisions and make sure that the Periodic Technical Inspection (ITP) is within the time-limit
  • Check the general condition of the car
  • Make sure that you have change your tires, if not, please call us at +30 210 48 40 000 to set up an appointment. 
  • Check the tire pressure. You may need a higher tire pressure if the car is loaded more than usual
  • Take a medical kit, the fire extinguisher and the warning triangle with you. Take into consideration, as well, the tire repair kit to be safe

Efficiently using the space in your car?

Summer tips 2

  • Place heavy objects underneath the others, as close to the wheels as possible
  • Do not put luggage inside the car because they can hit you in the event of an impact
  • If possible, use an outer luggage compartment because it is safer and you will save fuel
  • If you take your bicycle with you, we recommend you attach it to the rear part of the car and not above: using this method, you will reduce fuel consumption
  • In case you prefer to fix it on the roof, mind the height limits of the tunnels you will be crossing

Keep in mind 

Summer tips 3

  • Did you know? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 66% of adults admit driving drowsy and 33% have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
    Drowsy driving causes delayed reaction and negatively impacts your decision making ability. Tiredness can have similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of 0.05
  • It is now evident that if you are using a mobile phone while driving you are approximately four times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who is not using a phone. Avoid being distracted by your mobile phone. In case you need to perform an urgent call, use a Bluetooth headset or pair your mobile phone with the car, if it allows it
  • Wear sunglasses with special lens to protect your eyes from the strong sunlight
  • Relax at each stop making some moves to stretch your back, neck, arms and legs

Dashboard lights

Summer tips 4

Unforeseen issues may occur, but it's important to act calmly.

Red warning lights - Major malfunction! These lights warn you of serious defects that may lead to major problems. If you see a red warning light glowing, immediately move to the side of the road and turn your engine off.Contact road assistance: +4031405 8 888.

Yellow or Orange warning lights - These lights come on in the event of less serious irregularities. It is advisable to get to the nearest service for check-ups. In case you drive a car from ALD Automotive please contact us at +30 210 48 40 000

We are sure with these tips and recommendations, you will be well prepared for that lovely summer break. We wish you a fun and relaxing vacation on behalf of ALD Automotive. Enjoy your vacation, take care and stay safe!