We Germans love our vacation in Italy. But what do i have to consider on a trip to bella italia?? Especially for longer trips you should prepare the trip especially well. Your automobile club has the tips. We at the automobile club mobil in deutschland e.V. We have therefore summarized the most important points for you:
How to prepare properly for a long trip by car?
Proper travel preparation is important. The vehicle should in any case be subjected to a technical check beforehand. this includes sufficient tread depth of the tires (at least 1.6 mm is mandatory, but for your own safety it should be at least 3 mm in winter), the correct tire pressure, checking the levels of oil, coolant and splash water incl. Antifreeze and brake fluid as well as a complete check of all lights of the vehicle. Make sure that the first-aid kit is in good condition and that there are always enough warning vests in the vehicle.
How to pack my vehicle properly?
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Packing the car is a science in itself, but if you follow a few rules, it’s not a witch’s work. First, large pieces of luggage such as suitcases should always be placed underneath. In addition, it makes sense to place smaller objects in the gaps in a safe and non-slip manner. make sure that the trunk is not loaded too high. This way there will be no visibility restrictions during the trip. It is also important that no objects are loose so that nothing can fly through the vehicle during heavy braking.
Finally, make sure that the vehicle is not overloaded. In the vehicle registration document you will find the permitted vehicle weight, which must be adhered to as a matter of urgency. As a rule, this is 400-500 kg incl. All passengers and luggage. This quickly brings you up to the permitted vehicle weight. If your vehicle is heavy on the road, you may also need to increase tire pressure – for safety and fuel economy.
What should never missing on a trip by car?
Especially for longer trips you should have enough water and snacks on board. A blanket in the car never hurts – who knows when the next traffic jam will come?. Here, too, a navigation device, or a classic map, can be very helpful. Depending on the destination, especially in the colder seasons, remember to pack snow chains. For children, it’s always a good idea to bring toys or a tablet with videos or children’s movies. Particularly on long journeys, children can get cranky, cost nerves and thus be a considerable distraction.
What do I need to know about warning vests??
Since 2004 it has been compulsory to wear a warning vest in Italy for accidents and breakdowns outside built-up areas and on freeways. In addition, it is obligatory to secure an accident vehicle with a breakdown triangle. Every person who enters the road or shoulder to set up a breakdown triangle must wear a warning vest. So there is a so-called obligation to carry and carry with you. Failure to wear a warning vest is punishable by a minimum fine of 41 euros. In addition, every driver must always carry a first-aid kit and a warning triangle and be able to show them in the event of a traffic control.
What do I have to consider when setting up a warning triangle??
After an accident or breakdown, there is no time to lose in setting up the warning triangle. Following traffic is not only a danger for the broken-down vehicle but also vice versa. In principle, there are no fixed or legal regulations regarding the distance between the parking spaces. Mobil in germany recommends the following rule of thumb: in town 50 m in front of the vehicle, out of town on rural roads approx. 100 m and on the freeway at least 150 m in front of the vehicle. Of course, always depending on the road situation and visibility of the accident site. If you break down on a bend, the warning triangle should be set up at a sufficient distance from the bend so that drivers are warned in good time.
Do I have to pay toll in italy?
In italy, on approx. 80 toll roads must be paid for. The amount of the toll is calculated from the distance traveled on the toll route and the respective vehicle class. Tunnel and bridge sections, which are considered to require a high level of construction and maintenance, are subject to higher tolls. The billing system is simple: you take a ticket when you enter the freeway, and when you leave the freeway you hand the ticket back and pay the toll. For orientation: with a passenger car the average speed is approx. 7 cent toll per kilometer due. There is no additional vignette in italy.
What are the speed limits in italy?
In the local area the general maximum speed of 50 km/h is valid.
|motorcycle up to 149 cc
||110 km/h *
|motorcycle over 149 cc
||110 km/h *
|motorhome and truck up to 3.5t
||110 km/h *
|car with trailer
|motorhome and truck over 3,5t
In the event of rain or snow, i.e. weather conditions, the speed limit on freeways is 110 km/h, and 90 km/h on expressways.
What are the fines in italy?? And what can I do if I get a traffic ticket??
20 km/h: from 150 euro
Making calls with a cell phone without a hands-free system is already subject to significantly higher penalties than in germany. From 1. As of January 2017, this means not only a fine of up to 600 euros, but also the suspension of the driver’s license for a period of 15 days to two months – in case of doubt, the cell phone can also be confiscated immediately. This even applies to the first offense.
If you are driving your car abroad, you must comply with the traffic laws of the respective country, otherwise you will be subject to fines. If, contrary to expectations, you do receive a penalty notice, you can, in principle, lodge an objection. From time to time there can be measurement errors or misinformation. In this case it is best to seek legal advice. As an automobile club, we are happy to support you here. However, if the correctness of the decision is confirmed, you should immediately initiate payment. Since march 2016 an enforcement agreement between germany and italy is valid by a corresponding law. This means that even fines imposed in italy will be tracked in germany if the fine exceeds 70 EUR.
By the way, you can calculate current fines for germany at any time and free of charge using the fine calculator from mobil in deutschland.
Winter tires are compulsory?
In italy there is no general obligation to use winter tires. However, due to weather conditions, the use of winter tires and snow chains may be required temporarily. This may be regulated differently from region to region. Therefore, in the cold season and in wintry weather conditions, it is important to pay attention to traffic signs that require the use of winter tires, for example. To be safe for the entire country, you should make calls between 15. october and 15. april driving with winter tires.
How does my automotive club help if I break down on the road or have an accident abroad??
This is where your car club comes in. This helps them immediately and sends them help immediately. Breakdown and accident assistance, towing, recovery, rental car or overnight stay – your automobile club will organize everything to restore your mobility as quickly as possible. Simply call and get help!
Automobile club membership, even for foreign countries, is available for as little as 58 EUR per year. Good automotive clubs like mobile in germany e.V. even offer worldwide help and are not limited to europe only.
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