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Avoid breakdowns with the ACL Diagnostic Center
Even though ACL is there to assist you if you run into trouble, it’s best to avoid any car troubles during your trip. That’s why the ACL Diagnostic Centre offers a “Holiday Test”. This assessment covers all the points on your car that may be at risk on long journeys, such as the battery, tyre condition and fluid levels. The Diagnostic Centre staff will make a fair, objective diagnosis of your vehicle’s condition. We recommend doing the test approximately 3 weeks ahead of your departure to give you enough time for any repairs that may be needed before leaving. You should also adjust the pressure of your tyres in relation to your vehicle’s load, check that the lights and horn are working properly and check the level of windscreen wiper fluid. Also make sure your windows are clean inside and out for a better all-round view, especially when driving at night.
Note: France announces a shortage of rental and replacement cars throughout the country this summer season. This will therefore have a direct consequence on the availability of replacement cars and waiting times in the event of a major breakdown. We therefore strongly recommend you have your vehicle checked before departure or opt for a rental car from ACL ClubMobil. If necessary, you can cancel your reservation at any time and without charge.
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Loading up the car: Heavy luggage at the bottom and light luggage at the top
Even though we automatically fasten our seat belts, we don’t always do the same when it comes to our luggage. The items we carry in our vehicles may seem harmless, but can become dangerous projectiles in an accident.
For your safety, it’s important to load up your vehicle correctly before you leave. Heavy luggage should be placed at the bottom of the boot against the back of the back seat, while lighter items can be placed around and above, making sure that there’s nothing jutting out above the top of the back seat.
Bulky items that are not too heavy should be placed in the roof box. Don’t forget that driving with a loaded vehicle, which is therefore heavier, is different from the everyday driving of your vehicle when empty: the steering will react differently, the braking distance will be longer and, if luggage is placed on the roof, the car will tend to lean on bends.
Off you go: Start your journey well rested
Whether you’re setting off during the day or at night, it’s important that the driver is well rested. Leaving after a day’s work can be risky and very dangerous. You should also avoid setting off after a heavy meal, as digestion can make you feel tired. Above all, alcohol or any drugs that make you feel drowsy should be avoided.
It’s also important to know how to recognise the signs of tiredness quickly: involuntary lane changes, zoning out, yawning, lack of concentration, heavy eyes, etc. For your safety, plan a break of at least 15 minutes every two hours and, if possible, take turns behind the wheel. Do some exercises during these breaks, or walk a few steps to avoid numbness. The only real solution for tiredness is to sleep, so coffee, tea or even opening a window will only conceal the signs.