Month: March 2021

Pay Attention To The Tires When Carrying The Maximum Load

 When the car becomes a packhorse, there are a few important points to consider: The load should be well secured. The maximum payload, including the driver and front passenger, must not be exceeded. And the tire pressure has to go up.

As the Tire Safety Initiative of the German Road Safety Council has now announced, the latter rarely happens. As a rule, this has directly noticeable effects that can even be dangerous in the end.

The heavier a car is loaded, the higher the tire pressure must be. That is why two values ​​are always given for the two axles on the pressure information in the entrance on the driver’s side or behind the fuel filler flap; one for normal loading and one for full load.

If the information is disregarded, there is a risk of damage to the tires, increased wear and also a longer braking distance, which is already unusually long due to the weight.

It becomes clear at first glance that the tires are suffering from the greater load. Without increasing the pressure, the tires are compressed significantly more. This also increases the contact area, which increases both tire wear and fuel consumption.

The tires also heat up more, are beaten through much more and can ultimately suffer damage as a result. Due to the higher temperature, the tires become softer at the same time, which inevitably increases the braking distance.

Tires are also a part of vehicle damping. However, this can only be guaranteed if the pressure is optimal. If the pressure is too low, the damping decreases, whereby the actual shock absorbers and ultimately the entire chassis are more stressed.

It is therefore advisable to check the pressure at the nearest petrol station before loading and to increase it if necessary. This can be done quickly in just a few simple steps.

About Tire Quality – “I Play It Safe!”

The focus of the tire quality initiative of the DVR and its partners is the quality of the tires and professional advice in the trade. The product quality has an impact on the braking distance and wet grip. But the condition of the tires is also relevant to safety.

This includes safety tread depth and tire pressure. Regular tire maintenance is essential for vehicle safety.


Inspection Of The Car Trailer

After buying a car, regular inspections are a matter of course. Mandatory inspections after buying a new car are necessary in order to maintain warranty claims. Regular oil changes, summer and winter checks are a matter of course.

The Trailer Inspection

For trailers, there are no rules on how regular an inspection should be carried out. When buying a new trailer, there are maintenance rules in the user manual that are not mandatory, but should be adhered to.

Over time, the user lands in a tray or in the trash, it is then also forget that a car trailer ‘s maintenance needs. Maintenance does not only refer to keeping it clean, but should also refer to the necessary operability of the trailer. A regular inspection essentially contributes to compliance with road safety.

Carry Out The Inspection Yourself

A car trailer without a brake is easy to maintain due to its simple design. Every car trailer owner who can handle tools is able to carry out an inspection of a trailer himself.

In the case of trailers with a brake system, a specialist workshop should be visited to check the brake for operational safety. Every car workshop should be able to check a trailer braking system.

Own Control Of The Trailer

Even if a trailer is rarely used, it is important to regularly check the air pressure of the tires and top up if necessary. Check wheel bolts or wheel nuts for tight fit. Check the tires for tread depth, cracks and, above all, the treads for run-in stones or other objects, remove any inclusions.

If a retracted nail, screw or similar object is discovered, do not pull it out. When you pull it out, the air can immediately escape from the tire. It should be removed before or at the tire service, who can repair the flat tire immediately.

The coupling should be checked for ease of movement and the fastening screws for tight fit. The ball on the pulling device should be regularly sprayed with some grease.

Check all screw connections on the trailer also below the floor for tight fit and retighten if necessary.

The tailgate hooks and hinges should be snug and not rattle. If these are worn out, replace them.

Check the electrical system, even if modern vehicles detect a defective lamp and report it to the driver, a loose contact can occur.