Anyone driving abroad on a skiing holiday this year is – or has – probably debated whether or not to fit winter tyres to their vehicle.
Tyres safety groups, motoring organisations, even the Foreign Office have plenty of advice and guidance to issue.
But you get the frankest and probably most useful advice on the motoring and skiing forums, from other motorists who are speaking from experience.
Here are just a couple of examples of responses to “A Snowhead” who posted on Snowheads.com: “Driving out to the Alps this winter and understand Germany and Austria have laws requiring winter tyres. I believe it is possible to use chains in Austria but don’t know about Germany….. anybody know the law?”
These are just a couple of responses received: “Having driven to Austria and used chains get yourself some winter tyres,” and this particularly pertinent reply: “I’ve driven to the Alps plenty of times on summer tyres and used chains when needed. Never had any issues. However, laws and local attitudes are changing as indicated by other posters…
“I rented a car with winter tyres last season and they were superb. We took a wrong turning and ended up on a farm track knee deep in icy slush on a bed of ice, apart from slowing down a bit to be cautious there was absolutely no problem, the tyres were incredible. I am totally and utterly converted. If I drive out there again I’ll get winter tyres and keep them on the car all winter (in fact I may get the tyres regardless of ski trips). It’s a bit of a faff to swap them over, but if it saves a fine and more importantly prevents an accident then it’s worth it. Also, if it means I don’t have to struggle with chains for half an hour by the side of the road in the middle of the night then it’s definitely worth it.”
etyres offers an extensive range of winter tyres to suit all vehicles. For our best prices and the latest stock availability we recommend you call our sales team free on 0800 028 9000 or from your mobile 0333 323 9000.
Denna Bowman, Head Office