Winter vacation by car require the correct tyres

Taking the family on a winter vacation will require that you will look at what winter tyres you will need. If you will not leave your country, there will not be any changes in regulations, but if you do leave your country, there might be some tyres that are not allowed. For winter driving the studded tyres can be forbidden in certain countries or on some of the roads. This can create a big problem if you are not aware of it and haven’t taken into consideration.

The safest bet when driving through different countries is always to have non-studded tyres that are approved for winter use. Then you are always complying with local laws. If you end up with studded tyres in Germany, where it is forbidden, you can be fined and forbidden to continue your journey before you change tyres. This would then require that you have the car towed to a service station where you can buy new tyres and where they then can change the tyres for you. So after you have purchased a new set of tyres, paid the towing and the fine for initially driving, you can continue your drive. As you can assume this can be quite costly and you can end up spending a large share of the vacation budget on this. You will probably be delayed on your journey, so it will not be a good start to the vacation.

Depending on where you go, you might also be required by law to have snow chains in your car. These can then be purchased in the petrol stations along the way. They are not that expensive, so it will not set you back that much plus they do provide some extra traction if there is very heavy snowfall. Snow chains can easily be put on and taken off, so you will only drive with them when needed.

Before you leave on your vacation it is important to also check that the winter tyres that you have are in good condition. You need to check that they are free from any visible damages, that they have sufficient remaining tread depth and correct tyre pressure. If you notice any problems with the tyres it is worth contacting a tyre service station and ask them for advice. If the tyres need more air, just fill them up and have a good trip.

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