Winter driving in Europe

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Depending on the region you are visiting and the season, you must stay informed on the road conditions you will be facing while driving. It is your responsibility to stay informed of local regulations in relation to winter driving and to comply with these regulations.

When renting a car, when the regulations of the visited country require it, the cars will be equipped with snow tires. When this is not the case, you can always add the option 'snow tires' or even 'snow chain' by paying a few euros per day. Rates and availability vary depending on the renter and the location of the vehicle.

Peugeot and DS Automobiles car leasing offers snow chains as accessories.

If you plan to visit a country where snow tires may be required, the cost of winter tires and replacing the original tires will be your responsibility. We recommend contacting a local Peugeot or DS Automobiles agent. They will be able to help you choose the best suited tires for your vehicle. At the end of your contract, you are required to return the vehicle with its original tires. Peugeot and DS Automobiles shall not, under any circumstances, buy back the winter tires you have purchased.

CountryWinter tiresChain regulations
GermanyDrivers must equip their vehicles with tires suitable to weather conditions. In the case of snow, freezing rain, sleet, mud/melting snow, all 4 wheels of the vehicle must be armed with winter or all-season tires containing the inscription "M+S". Motorists driving with summer tires risk fines up to €40. If they impede traffic circulation, the fine is €80, or can go up to €100 if there is endangerment to others and €120 in the case of an accident in addition to the vehicle being seized. To avoid all fines, it is preferable to equip your vehicle with snow tires if driving in Germany during winter. Studded tires are prohibited.The use of chains is authorized, however in such a case the speed limit is 50 km/h. The use of chains is required for motor vehicles with more than two wheels where indicated by road signs.
AndorraWinter tires are not required.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
AustriaIn Austria, snow tires are required from November 1st to April 15th and if the roads are covered in snow or ice. (All tires must have a minimum of 4-mm tread wear).Chains are required in some places, indicated by road signs. In the case of a long journey & if the vehicle is equipped with summer tires, it is advisable to carry chains in the trunk.
BelgiumWinter tires are not required.Chains are not required: they are authorized when roads are covered with snow or ice, but cannot be used if they risk damaging the pavement.
BulgariaSnow tires are required from November 1st to March 31stRoad signs indicated when chains are required from Nov. 1st to March 31st.
CyprusWinter tires are not required.Not applicable
DenmarkWinter tires are not required.Chain use is authorized.
SpainWinter tires are not required.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
EstoniaFrom December 1st to March 31st, snow tires are required. Outside this period, the law can be extended in the case of extreme road conditions.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
FinlandSnow tires are required from December 1st to March 31st.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
FranceSnow tires are not required except if road signs indicate otherwise.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
Great BritainWinter tires are not required.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
GreeceWinter tires are not required.Not applicable
HungaryWinter tires are not required.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
IrelandWinter tires are not required.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
IcelandSnow tires are required from November 1st to April 14th.Not applicable
ItalySnow tires are recommended in Italy, however in certain areas road signs may indicate the required use of chains or snow tires. In the Aosta Valley, all vehicles must be equipped with snow tires or chains from October 15th to April 15th.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
LatviaSnow tires are required from December 1st to March 15th if the vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tons.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
LiechtensteinWinter tires are not required.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
LithuaniaSnow tires are required from November 10th to April 1st.Chains are not required, however motorists are authorized to use them.
LuxembourgIf Luxembourg roads are snowy or icy, snow tires are required. Non-conformity to this law will result in a fine.Chains are not required in Luxembourg, however motorists are authorized to use them if the roads are snow or ice-covered.
NorwaySnow tires are not required, however drivers must have tires suitable for weather conditions. Thus, we could say that winter tires are (more or less) required during winter in Norway. From November 1st (or October 15th in the north of the country), drivers must have studded tires to avoid penalties, and these tires must be removed one week after Easter Monday.Chains are not required, but can be used during winter.
NetherlandsWinter tires are not required.Chains are not required, but can be used if the roads are covered in snow or freezing rain.
PolandWinter tires are not required.Not applicable
PortugalWinter tires are not required.Not applicable
Czech RepublicFrom November 1st to April 1st, snow tires are required when indicated by road signs.Road signs indicate when chains are required.
RomaniaSnow tires are required from November 1st to March 31st
if roads are covered in snow or freezing rain.
Road signs indicate when chains are required.
SerbiaWinter tires are not required.It is advisable to have chains in the vehicle at all times.
SlovakiaWinter tires are not required.Not applicable
SloveniaSnow tires or chains are required from November 15th to March 15th. All tires must have a minimum of 4-mm tread wear.Road signs indicate when chains are required. It is advisable to have chains in the vehicle at all times.
SwedenSnow tires with one of the following inscriptions are required: "M&S", "MS", "M.S.", "M+S", "M-s" or "Mud and Snow". All tires must have a minimum of 4-mm tread wear.Not applicable
SwitzerlandWinter tires are not required, but are recommended.Road signs indicate when chains are required.

This information is made available for information purposes only and shall in no way bind Europ Auto as a contractual or non-contractual agreement. They are not meant to replace the official legal texts to which you should always refer.

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