Safe on holiday with MAES!

Traditionally, with summer approaching, travelling is on many people’s minds. But since Covid, this is no longer a certainty. But with the rising number of vaccinations combined with a drop in the number of infections, there may be some more options this summer. Travelling far by plane will probably be out of the question, but travelling in your own country or hopefully Europe will be possible. To keep it as covidproof as possible, travelling by car or mobile home is an excellent alternative instead of crawling on a plane! So we at MAES thought we’d list some handy tips to help you get to your destination and back home safely!

Covid-19 rules

Starting anyway, you will always have to check the Covid-19 rules. You’ll get most of the information through the news, but here’s another summary of all the rules that matter. Currently, non-essential travel abroad is still discouraged, but with the vaccination passport that is likely to come, a little more will be possible. If you do go abroad, be sure to check the following site: www.diplomatie.belgium.be.There you can find the travel advice for all countries. The website is constantly updated, because there is a real chance that new red/orange zones will be added. Always register at https://travellersonline.diplomatie.be/ and don’t forget the compulsory return form (Passenger Location Form).

Coronaproof on travel

Covid has been plaguing us for a while now and we are not done with it this summer either. For people who like to travel but want to stay somewhat in their own bubble (and certainly do not want to crawl on a crowded flight), the car is already a known alternative. However, this year the mobile home is also gaining in popularity. You may have already heard it on the news, but mobile homes are rented out almost everywhere. It therefore offers the ideal way to travel in your own bubble: You choose where to stay and what to do. And suppose the zone you’re in doesn’t take too kindly to Covid after all, or the numbers start rising there? Well, then you get in and away you go! If you still like to take your car or mobile home on the road, we have some handy tips for you on how to get your car ready for travel.

Before departure:

If you are going to grind some miles this summer, of course you want your car to be tiptop. A quick visit to the garage for a small check-up never hurts. If a major service has been done a long time ago, it is best to do it before you leave on holiday. You can also check the most important things yourself:
Tyres: The tyres are important. Make sure they are not worn out yet and check the tyre pressure.- Brakes: Are your brakes making noise, does your car pull to one side when braking or do you feel that the braking time has increased? Then be sure to pass by the garage and have your brakes checked.
Keep everything at the right level: Be sure to check your engine oil, brake fluid, coolant and windscreen washer fluid levels. We recommend topping these up before departure if the level is low.
Small things make a world of difference: Sunglasses for in-car use are a very pleasant gadget. But also sunshades to protect you from the heat should you not have air conditioning is always nice! Also be sure to check that your car insurance is still in full working order. In addition, of course, take some items that we can no longer think away in this day and age. For example: some mouth masks and hand alcohol (and while filling up at MAES you can always use our first aid stand) Find out where all our stations are located.

The day before departure:

Gather all important documents and have them ready to take with you. Think of car papers, travel documents, identity cards return travel form, vaccination passport…. Always bring a small repair kit in case problems with the car crop up. Very important also is providing enough food and water. And enjoy a good night’s sleep before leaving!

Day of departure:

Check traffic sites or apps regularly and try to avoid traffic jams, also check last minute www.diplomatie.belgium.be for a latest update on the region you are heading to. It is also very important to take regular breaks. Ideally, you should take a break every 2 hours. Get out of your car and take a walk around before getting behind the wheel again.

If you follow all these tips, you can set off on your car trip with peace of mind.
We wish you a safe journey!
MAES Energy & Mobility