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The ACL’s tips for winter motoring

Published on 09/01/2019

The ACL’s tips for winter motoring
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Many of you will have started the year with a visit to a ski resort in an alpine country, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the ACL is there to meet all your mobility needs and ensure that you travel under the best possible conditions, whether on your daily commute or when heading off on holiday.

We have put together a few tips to help:
  • If you are planning on heading for the mountains any time soon, our team of advisers can provide information on the current state of the roads, the passability of the main mountain roads and the best route to take. It is also wise to check the weather forecasts before you set out.
  • The Automobile Club recommends that you have a technical inspection performed on your car at the ACL's Diagnostic Center. The Test hiver (‘Winter test’) is especially designed to detect various weaknesses that can cause problems on the road.
  • And why not rent a car for the duration of your holidays? Perhaps your car uses too much fuel or it is no longer in its prime? The ACL’s Clubmobil car rental service has various vehicles that are prepared for winter and available to hire.
  • When travelling during the winter months it is wise to keep a scraper, a de-icer spray, gloves, a jacket, a blanket, antifreeze screen wash, antifreeze spray for de-icing locks and the fuel cap (to be kept outside of the car), windscreen protection and possibly battery cables in your vehicle.
  • The ACL strongly recommends that drivers carry snow chains when driving in the mountains. Certain sections of road in alpine countries are preceded by the B26 Chaînes à neige obligatoires (‘Snow chains compulsory’) sign, after which point only vehicles fitted with chains are permitted.
  • It is worth remembering that winter tyres are compulsory in Luxembourg during periods of wintry weather, regardless of the time of year. Wintry conditions include ‘icy patches, packed snow, thawing snow, slabs of ice and frost’. It is vital that you switch to four winter tyres bearing the letters M+S, M.S. or M&S or the mountain and snowflake icon. Although regulations vary from one European country to another, the ACL recommends that you switch to winter tyres that are in good condition for the winter months.

For information please call the ACL on +352 450045-1 or email acl@acl.lu.

If, despite all the precautions taken, your car breaks down, turn on the hazard lights, put on the fluorescent vest, get out of the vehicle on the hard shoulder side and position the emergency warning triangle. As a member of the ACL, contact the ACL using the special number +352 26000 or via the ACL App and a support centre operator (open 24 hours a day, seven days a week) will send a control vehicle to the location of the breakdown.
 
 


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