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Enormous amounts of rain have in several places in the western part of Germany as well as areas in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The rain-stricken areas include roads that Danes frequently drive on during the summer months to reach warmer skies in Europe.
If you have packed the car and got ready to drive south, there are things you should be aware of due to the storm.
Berlingske has spoken with FDM’s car technical editor, Søren W. Rasmussen, who outlines the precautions that Danes on self-drive holidays should take.
1. Check the purchase forecast
In the wake of the storm, there is a risk of congestion on both German motorways in both directions, which is why it is a good idea to keep an eye on the queue forecast on FDM’s website, so that you can adapt your driving.
The forecast shows the current queuing conditions, says Søren W. Rasmussen:
“It changes day by day, so it makes sense to keep up to date on it.”
You will find the mentioned purchase forecast her.
2. Avoid these blocked roads
In any case, several German lines should be completely avoided, because they are completely closed. This includes the A2, A49, A59, A66, A70 and A255 motorways.
»You can also check our German counterpart, ADAC, to see the current situation in Germany, «advises Søren W. Rasmussen.
Some of the roads are expected to reopen next Sunday or Monday, while a single will only open later in the month. One of the roads has not yet been announced.
Use Google Maps instead of the car’s gps
When you have the key in the ignition and need to find the right path to the holiday destination, it can be advantageous to use Google Maps as a guide.
The app is usually “completely updated”, so you can see where there is a block and where there is a queue, says Søren W. Rasmussen:
»I would advise you to use the car’s navigation, but also to check the route on Google Maps. Because not all navigations are constantly updated. “
4. Include extra travel time
In the summer, you should always add extra hours to the travel time that the GPS indicates – and with the floods in the south, you should add even more time, says Søren W. Rasmussen.
Again, he recommends using Google Maps if you want a more accurate estimate of your travel time.
“Google Maps can relatively accurately estimate a travel time,” Søren W. Rasmussen has learned.
He also advises not to drive away on Saturday, as this day of the week is known as “big changeover day” with extra traffic.
5. Drive carefully through water – or drive around
If you can not avoid driving through waterlogged areas, then Søren W. Rasmussen has a few tips.
‘Never drive through a quantity of water that you cannot overlook. There may be sewer covers that have come loose, and there may be large holes in the road, “he says.
And if you are considering going into deep water, make sure you can pass the amount of water at all. Stop and wait first if others can drive through, says Søren W. Rasmussen.
If it seems that you can actually drive through, then you need to have a very light foot on the accelerator, he emphasizes:
“You must not race, nor must you drive at normal speeds. You have to drive really slowly, because the water has great power and can easily damage the bumper of a car. “
6. Do your advance work
Storm or not – before you get in the car and drive on vacation, you need to have a few things in order.
“The car is going on a trip that it is not used to. Check if you have a roadside assistance subscription abroad and find out the information about it before you leave, «says Søren W. Rasmussen.
He also advises that you inflate the car tires up to the max – the ideal pressure can be read in the instruction manual or on the inside of the fuel filler flap – and check the car’s oil before driving.
»Have extra oil in the car and check the oil along the way. It is much easier to be in control of oil and roadside assistance from home, so you do not get into a situation along the way where you have to be in control of everything. “
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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