Safety during ski vacation!
Many skiers and snowboarders are eagerly waiting for the winter holidays to finally hit the slopes. Most winter sports enthusiasts travel with their own vehicle to skiing holidays. Before starting it is important to not only check the vehicle, but also the bulky sports equipment such as skis and snowboards are stowed properly in the car. Otherwise, they can become dangerous bullets for all occupants and subsequent traffic.
Starting in the trunk!
If you have enough space, you can easily transport sports equipment in the trunk. A prerequisite for this is a separation net, which in the event of full braking prevents the load from being pushed forwards. It is best to additionally secure the cargo with tension straps and tie down the skis and snowboards. Some vehicles have through-openings to the trunk, which can allow for long skis to find their place in smaller cars. In this case we recommend using ski sacks, which secure the boards.
Is your trunk too small? No problem!
If there is not enough space in the trunk, many motorists simply place their skis in the space between the seats. We strongly advise against this, because all too easily, the skis can slip forward and block the gear shift. In addition, passengers can be badly injured from the sharp edges of skis.
A good alternative is the transport of skis on the roof. Roof boxes, ski racks, or snowboard racks are now available for almost every type of vehicle or ski. A basic requirement for these transport alternatives is a roof rack attachment. Even if your vehicle does not have a roof railing, you can still securely attach the rack. There are also now roof rack systems that are attached to the gutter or via clamps that are hooked into the door openings. Alternatively, there are also carriers with magnetic or suction cup holders. These can easily be installed, and easily detached again. The suction cup must be mounted on a completely flat surface, otherwise air will penetrate into the vacuum.
Of to the roof - ski racks and roof boxes
There is no doubt that roof boxes provide the greatest comfort, as well as additional storage space for other equipment such as ski boots, ski poles, and more. These roof boxes can also of course be used during summer holidays.
When packing, you should make sure that the roof load specified in the vehicle is not exceeded. It is calculated from the weight of the basic carrier, the roof box, and the payload. A cheaper alternative to roof boxes are special ski roof racks. These are especially suitable if you want to transport bicycles or surfboards in the summer. When buying, make sure that your skis fit into the targeted straps. Be sure to attach the skis with the tip to the back. To protect snowboards, a ski bag is also recommended.
Everything secured safely?
Before starting your journey, you should always check the correct position of the transport systems and the fixed objects. Make use of stopovers and breaks to check whether the cargo on the roof has eased during the journey. Attention! The higher weight changes the center of gravity and can influence driving behaviour, increasing the braking distance. In addition, the vehicle may lean more to the side as it turns. Be sure to adjust tire pressure and if necessary the adjustment of the headlamps to a higher weight. A vehicle with a ski box also consumes up to 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers - so keep an eye on the fuel gauge.
Ski equipment on the roof of the car - easy prey for long fingers
Never leave your roof baggage unattended during a stopover because ski equipment on the roof is usually uninsured! It is also always a good idea to have a lock on your valuable items.