Tuesday December 14th, 2010 18:15 EU making Winter Tyres Mandatory

Winter tyres are a great way to improve the stability in one’s car in the snow. Most cars on the road today are purely front wheel drive cars. Some cars are built to have either 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive. These types of cars are great for driving in the snow because all 4 tired have the potential to spin. This makes it so it becomes quite a bit more difficult to lose traction in snowy conditions. However, due to EU legislation, even these types of cars may be required to have winter tyres on them during specific months.

For example, winter tyres are now mandatory in Austria from November 1st to April 15. If one is caught driving in Austria in these months without snow tyres they could be fined up to 5,000 Euros. In France the tyres are not necessary on most roads; however, many mountain roads do require you to have chains on your wheels. There are many different European countries and all of them have different legislation. If you’re planning on making any type of trip across Europe make sure you check what the local laws are. Having snow tyres on your car can mean the difference between life and death for you, your passengers and the people on the road with you. Also, some all weather tyres are acceptable so there really is no excuse for not being safe on the road.

The EU legislation is moving towards requiring snow tyres in almost every European country. They are safe and very affordable. So, the real question is, why does the government have to require you to drive with snow tyres? You should already be driving on a pair of snow tyres!

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