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CAR CHECK BEFORE GOING ON SUMMER VACATION

It is particularly important that the vehicle check is carried out as early as possible. This is particularly important for vehicles that are not normally driven much and that are checked less than twice a year. Here it is advisable to schedule the check a few weeks before the start of the journey.

The condition of the vehicle alone is not necessarily decisive. Much more important are the points that should be checked regularly in everyday life. The top priority is to check the brakes and the lights. It is also good to know whether the tires still have sufficient reserves.

If these things have been successfully checked, the technical questions are next in line. The water level, oil level, wiper, air filter, spark plugs or battery are important. Likewise, checking the chassis should not be neglected. If the journey is to be started with a trailer or mobile home, the towing device and the trailer itself must also be checked. To make the journey comfortable, it also makes sense to check that the air conditioning is working. Anyone who goes on vacation by car must not forget the necessary papers. This includes all passports, identity cards, the green insurance card, the vehicle registration document and the driver’s license.

 It should also be ensured that the membership fee for the car club has been paid. In addition to the climate check, tire check or the minimum profile of summer tires, the luggage compartment is also important so that luggage can be properly stowed. In order to avoid unnecessary stress on the day of departure, it is advantageous to To have tried in advance whether the entire luggage can be accommodated.

If this only happens on the day of departure, this can not only lead to delays and stress, but also to inadequate safeguards being ignored. If you want to be absolutely sure, it is best to take a test drive with luggage, children and cones before the big vacation. Such a test drive not only brings to light the condition of the vehicle, but also tips on which provisions should not be missing.

If you want to go on vacation with the caravan for the first time, it makes sense to take one or more test drives. After all, the caravan can quickly become overburdened in strong winds on the motorway – and this can have fatal consequences. whether all the luggage can be accommodated. If this only happens on the day of departure, this can not only lead to delays and stress, but also to inadequate safeguards being ignored. If you want to be absolutely sure, it is best to take a test drive with luggage, children and cones before the big vacation. Such a test drive not only brings to light the condition of the vehicle, but also tips on which provisions should not be missing.

If you want to go on vacation with the caravan for the first time, it makes sense to take one or more test drives. After all, the caravan can quickly become overburdened in strong winds on the motorway – and this can have fatal consequences. whether the entire luggage can also be accommodated. If this only happens on the day of departure, this can not only lead to delays and stress, but also to inadequate safeguards being ignored. If you want to be absolutely sure, it is best to take a test drive with luggage, children and cones before the big vacation. Such a test drive not only brings to light the condition of the vehicle, but also tips on which provisions should not be missing.

STATE PREMIUM FOR ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES

The electric car promotion is also known as an environmental bonus and applies retrospectively to purchases made after May 18th. The Federal Cabinet had already decided in mid-May that electric cars with a list price of up to 60,000 euros should be subsidized with a bonus. As already mentioned, the federal government and manufacturers subsidize electric vehicles with 4,000 euros and hybrid vehicles with 3,000 euros. 1.2 billion euros are available for funding for electric cars. These funds will be enough for up to 400,000 cars and up to approx. 2019. Fortunately, the processing of the funding applications goes very quickly. On average, it should take less than 4 weeks. At least that is what Bafa boss Arnold Wallraff promises, who has hired ten new employees for faster processing. For comparison: With the scrapping bonus in 2009, the processing of the applications took around 5 weeks. This processing time should be significantly shorter for the environmental bonus for electric and hybrid cars. That is at least what we are striving for.

Funding for electric cars: Further components of the funding

The promotion of the e-car also includes other modules that have also been available since April 1, 2016. The self-employed have the option of receiving 1,000 euros in addition to the basic bonus, for example. Provided you send your old car with a combustion engine to the scrap press. You can receive an additional bonus when you fill up with green electricity. This is then 500 euros. It is currently unclear whether these modules can continue to be offered. The subsidies that can definitely continue to be used include state subsidies for commercially used e-scooters, cargo bikes with electronic support and pedelecs.

So far, around 231 electric cars, 65 light electric vehicles and 220 pedelecs have been funded in this area. The maximum funding is 500 euros per pedelec and 1000 euros per e-cargo bike. 99 charging points on private properties have also been funded so far. This should result in a funding amount of around one million so far, which has flowed from the municipal funding program. Nevertheless, there are still enough funds left, as the funding pot contains a total of 22 million. The town hall Greens want a large proportion of the money to be invested in the construction of new charging stations. The voter group Hut, Piraten and FDP criticize the promotion of individual vehicles. They think it’s a waste of money. The parliamentary group leader Michael Mattar is of the opinion that one could have saved this funding. It is now important that the money goes into building a comprehensive charging infrastructure. Michael Matter not only wants to support charging stations for electric vehicles, but also the construction of hydrogen filling stations.