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Car rental tips for winter time / ski trip

Winter and skiing vacations can be particularly fun and enjoyable, but the preparations can be a little more challenging and one needs to be meticulous about the details, which can be the difference between the perfect winter vacation to one that has unpleasant surprises...
So we have decided to gather some important tips and recommendations that will help you plan in advance, leave your worries at home and ski with peace of mind :)

הזמינו רכב מתאים Book A Suitable car:
Winter vacations usually require more equipment than summer trips. It's a good idea to book a larger, more spacious car like a station wagon or SUV car ( "monospace"). These cars offer a large space for passengers and a spacious trunk and are adjusted for safer travel on smooth roads.


Special Equipment

צמיגי חורף Winter Tires Winter Tires:
Winter tires are tires with an increased road grip and are therefore more suited for winter travel. They are marked with M&S letters (Mud and Snow) and have 4mm slots.
Please note: In some countries or in high regions such as Austria, Switzerland, the ski areas in Germany and more, the law requires travel with winter tires. Even if you took the car from another country but want to travel through these countries or in snow-covered areas, you must have a car equipped with these tires to avoid fines.

שרשראות שלג Snow chains:
When you plan to drive in snow covered ways, or in countries or regions that require it by law, it is advisable to order some snow Chains in advance, which improve the car's grip on a snow-covered road, to make sure that they are available to you when taking the car at the station.
Before leaving the rental station, make sure that the chains match the size of the tires, and that the manner of installation is clear to you. Please note that some 4X4 vehicles don't require snow chains.

* It is important to take into account that the winter tires and snow chains should be ordered in advance and if required extra charge, payment is made directly to the supplier.

לתשומת לב השוכרים באיטליהSpecial attention to those who plan to rent a car or pass through Italy during winter time:
The law in Italy states that between 15 November and 15 April, holding snow chains in the car in some regions of Italy (mainly in the northern provinces) is mandatory.
For your convenience we have prepared a map describing the areas in which the obligation to hold the snow chains in the side of the screen (or in the lower part of mobile devices), that can be downloaded to your device. You can also see it here.

נוזל אנטי פריז Anti-freezr liquid:
Note that at very low temperatures, the fuel in the tank may freeze. We therefore recommend that you park the car in an indoor garage and/or add an anti-freeze liquid to the fuel tank (a special substance that prevents the fuel from freezing) that can be purchased at petrol stations.

גגון סקי Going skiing?
Book the Ski Rack on which you can assemble your skis to the car in advance. Please note that the device is intended for two ski sets only. In addition, it is worth knowing that rental companies do not offer a device for snowboarding.

עלויות  Take the costs of the winter equipment in account:
Some companies charge payment for additional equipment rentals such as snow chains, ski racks and winter tires. Therefore, these costs should be included in the overall calculation when comparing the different rental prices.

 

Additional tips

התכוננו לדרך Prepare for the road: 
Before heading out, it is important to check the weather forecast for the rest of the day and find out whether the route you set has roads that have been blocked for traffic.
Also, on every trip, whether it's a short trip to the village or the nearby ski resort, is a good idea to take a mobile phone, extra warm clothes, food and drink for any emergencies.

הדלקת אורות Car lights use:
It is advisable to travel with lights on at any time and in any way. Inadequate visibility? Activate the fog lights and reduce the speed.

כביש מכוסה בקרח Road covered in ice?
Be sure to drive in low gear, keep your speed steady, and don't stop the car suddenly so that the car won't spin.

הימנעו מסינוור Avoid the sun dazzle:
Along the way, as well as skiing, you should wear sunglasses in order not to be dazzled.

כיסוי מורחב Extended coverage:
In order to take advantage of the maximum car coverage and enjoy complete peace of mind during your trip, in addition to the Excess Refund coverage, we reccomend you will also add our Extended Coverage. Read more about it here.


Wishing you a safe and enjoyable winter trip,
Ofran Team