This is how you pack it!

Summertime often means travel time. The luggage is then stacked in and on top of the car, but this can turn a harmless car crash into a dangerous one. 

Can it be placed there?

  • Distribute the load evenly. Uneven loading impairs driving behaviour. 
  • Attention: Always pack heavy items at the bottom. The lower the center of gravity of the vehicle, the better for the road. 
  • Do not put anything on the rear shelf. On impact, even light objects can become dangerous projectiles. 
  • Push the luggage close to the back of the rear seats so that they cannot slip.
  • The load should be secured in all directions of movement, especially in the direction of travel. 

Insecure conditions

  • Secure your luggage with lashing strips. You can fix objects in the back seat with the seat belts. 
  • Do you have sufficiently stable restraint?
  • Caution: simple grinds, which are clamped between the roof and the loading area, barely withstand the forces in the event of an impact. 

Does the roof rack support what it promises?

Roof luggage can sometimes be a windy affair, especially at 100 km/h. 

  • The luggage on your roof should provide as little as possible attack surface for the wind. It is best to use roof boxes. 
  • In a collision at around 30 km/h, simple universal supports can break, causing the entire system to crash. 
  • The maximum permissible roof load, including the carrier system, is approximately 50-100 kg. Exact information can be found in the operating instructions of your car. The maximum permissible total weight of the vehicle must also be complied with and not exceeded. 

Taking your bicycles along!

  • Bicycles should be transported to the rear of the vehicle, if possible. Universal rear carriers are offered relatively cheap. Attention: these may cause minor scratches and bumps.
  • There are also paint-preserving options, however they are correspondingly more expensive. 
  • If you have a trailer hitch, you can also transport your bicycles safely with a coupling carrier. 
  • Observe the permissible vertical load. You must also not exceed the permissible rear axle load. 

General tips for travel preparation

  • Keep any first aid kits in an easily accessible area in the case of an emergency stop. 
  • With longer trips, plan for breaks and exercise. 
  • Please do not leave animals in the car during long breaks. In summer temperatures and with direct sunlight, the car can quickly become an oven. 
  • Do not forget any travel documents, identification, or necessary medications. 
  • Check at each stop whether your load and load carrier are still firmly secured. If necessary, tighten any straps or screws. If you need tools for this, be sure to stow them away in an easily accessible location. Bicycle accessories such as air pumps, water bottles, etc. belong in the trunk of the vehicle. 

TUV NORD Mobility Inc.

Suite 415, 708-11th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB, Canada
T2R 0E4