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Travel stress usually begins with loading the car. Even if it's just a weekend trip, you want to take everything with you: from the camping equipment to the stuffed animal. Apply our tips and make your next journey a safer one.

  • Line the trunk or storage area with a non-slip rubber mat
  • Place heavy and bulky objects at the bottom
  • Place objects against a fixed surface such as the back seat and secure them using lashing straps
  • Fasten the belts on the back seats even if there are no passengers. In an emergency, they will support any objects that might be accelerated forward
  • Cover loose objects with a baggage net or towel and secure with lashing straps
  • Do not pile anything over the top of the rear seat back 
  • When transporting sharp objects, attach a wooden board to the backrest of the front seats in order to prevent them from cutting into the front seats

Using the correct safety materials

  • Use lashing straps – elastic straps/nets are totally unsuitable for securing loads
  • Use the eyelets provided in the trunk to anchor the straps


Please note:
The warning triangle should be stowed away safely but be easily accessible

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How to transport bulky items – such as a kayak 

  • The roof load stated in the vehicle registration must not be exceeded
  • From the middle of the steering wheel, the load is permitted to protrude a maximum of 3 m forward, and from the center of the rear axle a maximum of 5 m to the rear
  • The load must not extend beyond the sides
  • A warning signal must be attached to the rear as soon as the load protrudes by 1 meter

How to transport bikes

  • The vehicle's license plate, brake lights and lighting must remain visible
  • Bicycles may not overhang by more than 20 cm on either side of the vehicle's rear and their total width may not exceed 2 meters
  • Attach bicycles to special purpose-built carriers, and at stops, regularly check that they are still tightly secured
  • Be aware of the total height (incl. load)  when entering, for example, a parking garage

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