By Denna Bowman
As the snow begins to fall on the winter ski resorts across Europe, motorists planning to drive abroad for a skiing holiday should start thinking about making sure their tyres are safe and legal.
Already many European drivers are being urged to switch to winter tyres as weather conditions start to turn.
Austrian motorists face fines of 35 Euros if their cars are not equipped with winter tyres – depending on weather conditions. While the law has caused some confusion among foreign motorists since it only comes into effect from 1 November, regardless of conditions in October.
Friedrich Eppel of car club ÖAMTC previously recommended drivers to keep winter tyres on their cars from the beginning of November through to Easter since it is impossible to precisely predict conditions changes.
The AA recommend a minimum tread depth of 2mm, but advise motorists to consider changing tyres before they travel if the tread depth is down to 3mm, this is because tyres wear out quickly after they reach 3mm.
Also, if motorists are in doubt about current tyre legislation relating to countries they are traveling to or passing through, they should contact their travel agent, holiday company rep or insurance company for advice.