Snow tyres for winter?

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by EricOnTour2, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. EricOnTour2

    EricOnTour2 Deleted User

    Hello all,

    All well in Germany, parked in an Aire in Ravensburg along with another Brit Motorhome (we havent seen many at all so far on our trip). The Aire is free with Electricity for 50cents for a Kilowatt.

    Someone mentioned to us that we might need to get snow TYRES for the winter for places like Austria, Germany and Czech Republic? We know about snow chains and how they might be vital but we havent heard about tyres...

    Can anyone shed any light?

    Hope all is well in the UK.

    James (and Mike and Eric the motorhome)
  2. Tony Santara

    Tony Santara

    Jul 26, 2007
    Cheshire (ex Mancunian)
    It's been a long time since I was in those countries but if my memory serves me well, Germany and the Czech republic didn't insist you have snow chains or snow tyres but Austria did the polizie used to make you buy them at service stations

    However things may have changed as I said it's been a long time
  3. Bulletguy


    Feb 7, 2008
    In Austria and Switzerland its a legal requirement. Dont know about Germany or Czech though i wouldn't think so. Google it!
  4. billym

    billym Funster

    Oct 24, 2007
    There is always a lot of talk about this and EXACTLY what the position is I am not

    sure. Some roads will have signs to say chains are required to be carried, so I

    suggest that it is not a legal requirement to carry them. Everyone who lives in

    those areas / countries use winter tyres which must tell you something. Chains

    are fine in consistant snow but not where the snow is patchy and slushy.

    I believe that if you never drive in such conditions you do not need them. What

    is made abundantly clear is that if you have an accident with summer tyres

    the burden of proof is upon you to prove the accident was inevitable even with

    winter tyres ( i.e. impossible to prove )
  5. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Cheshire- England
    There's not really summer tyres, they are standard tyres. There are winter tyres desighned to displace water more efficiently and also of course to give more grip on Ice. Although I cant answer the question surrounding legal requirement I can say that we thought about them when visiting te alps. You do of course need snow chains in certain areas even in the summer it is a legal requirement to have them. If you have winter tyres then you still need snow chains regardless.

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