Summer tips for a relaxing holiday season

It's summer and even if we live exceptional times caused by COVID-19 sanitary crisis, more and more people are continuing their vacation plans. Therefore, if you decided to leave on vacation with your company car from ALD Automotive, we have drawn up some practical tips for you in order to have a comfortable trip and a relaxing holiday.

First of all we recommend you to take all the sanitary precautions:

  • Regularly sanitize the contact points in your car:  door handles, steering wheel, gearshift, dashboard buttons
  • Carry a hand sanitizer, wet wipes and gloves with you all the time so that they are available for each trip

  • If you travel outside Bulgaria, don’t forget to check all the official sources(i.e. https://reopen.europa.eu/en, embassies, etc.) to be fully aware of the rules and restrictions from the country of your destination

  • Ensure you’re secured with all mandatory documents and PoA for travelling abroad and none pending Fines are registered and not paid – for more information you can conact us at + 359 (02 802 6120).

Travel dcouments

In case ALD Automotive is not responsible for the Fine Management for your company, please note that you can check all pending fines by yorself following the next steps:

  • An authorized representative of the company should visit Traffic police Sofia (4, Lachezar Stanchev, room 18 G)

  • The person executing the check should have a PoA on behalf of the representative/ General Manager  (notary attestation is not necessary)

  • The only necessary information to be presented to the Traffic police employee is the UIC of the company  

  • All non-handed Fines are provided trough a receipt at the location

The non-paid and non-handed Fines can be paid on the spot (on a cash desk or in a bank branch; with a card on a POS terminal) or through a bank transfer within 14 days with a discount.

ALD Automotive stays connected with you even from a distance. If your vehicle is immobilized, you can contact us at +359 0800 15255 in Bulgaria and +359 0700 12440 if you are outside of the country.

Getting your vehicle ready to go

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  • Perform the revisions and make sure that the Periodic Technical Inspection (ITP) and the Annual Technical Check are within the time-limit
  • Check the general condition of the car

  • Make sure that you are using summer tires, if not, please call us at +359 (02) 802 6120  to set up an appointment

  • Check the tire pressure. You may need a higher tire pressure if the car is loaded more than usual

  • Take a medical kit, the fire extinguisher and a warning triangle with you. These are part of the first aid kitr and they are mandatory in Europe

  • Take into consideration, as well, the tire repair kit to be safe or that the vehicle is equiped with spare tire

  • In case of fuel supplies outside the country, you can use the ALD Automotive fuel card if your company’s policy allows you. Pay attention to the territorial coverage of the card: some are valid only on the territory of Bulgaria, others also have international coverage. You will find this information on the fuel card

Efficiently using the space in your car?

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  • Place heavy objects underneath the others, as close to the wheels as possible

  • Do not put luggage inside the car because it can hit you in case of accident

  • If possible, use a roof box as it is safer and helps you to save fuel

  • If you take your bicycle with you, we recommend you attach it to the rear part of the car and not above: using this method, you will reduce fuel consumption

In case you prefer to fix it on the roof, mind the height limits of the tunnels you will be crossing

Keep in mind

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Do not drive if you are tired

Did you know? 

  • According to the National Sleep Foundation, 66% of adults admit driving drowsy and 33% have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Drowsy driving causes delayed reaction and negatively impacts your decision making ability. Tiredness can have similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of 0.05.

Avoid being distracted by your mobile phone. In case you need to perform an urgent call, use a Bluetooth headset or pair your mobile phone with the car, if it allows it.

Did you know?

  • If you are using a mobile phone while driving you are approximately four times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who is not using a phone

  • Wear sunglasses with special lens to protect your eyes from the strong sunlight

  • Relax at each stop making some moves to stretch your back, neck, arms and legs

Dashboard lights

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Unforeseen issues may occur, but it's important to act calmly.

Red warning lights - Major malfunction! These lights warn you of serious defects that may lead to major problems. If you see a red warning light glowing, immediately move to the side of the road and turn your engine off. Contact road assistance at 800 15255 for Bulgaria and at +359 0700 12440 if you are abroad.

Orange warning lights (warning) - These lights come on in the event of less serious irregularities. It is advisable to get to the nearest service for check-ups. In case you drive a car from ALD Automotive please contact us at +359 (02) 802 6120.


We are sure with these tips and recommendations, you will be well prepared for that lovely summer break. We wish you a fun and relaxing vacation on behalf of ALD Automotive. Enjoy your vacation, take care and stay safe!

 

 

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+359 2 802 61 20
Contact us
+359 2 802 61 20