Winter tyres - do you need them?The law on winter tyres...

I was recently asked the question: Is it a legal requirement for foreign visitors to have winter tyres on the continent? Having done a lot winter touring in France, Germany and Switzerland, my immediate reaction was: “not to my knowledge, the roads are generally cleared quickly, we just use chains when indicated on mountain passes and getting into snowbound campsites”

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Millie judging by last winter,a set of snow chains might be very useful in N.Spain.there was heavy snowfalls as far south and the Spainish,like us Brits were not prepared,lot of vehicles stranded.As for winter tyres it is obligatory to fit them...

Millie judging by last winter,a set of snow chains might be very useful in N.Spain.there was heavy snowfalls as far south and the Spainish,like us Brits were not prepared,lot of vehicles stranded.As for winter tyres it is obligatory to fit them from October to March in Germany and several other E.european countries.Ive travelled there many times in the winter and have a set of full winters fitted on a spare set of wheels,and like the Germans change them every October and March.You can be fined for not having them fitted,whatever the nationality of the vehicle,more important if you are involved in an accident,the fact that you have the wrong tyres fitted "could" be regarded as contributing factor.I always carry set of chains,as some mountain passes also require them.Having said that the only time I've used them in 5 years was to get myself out of muddy beach carpark in Cornwall

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I will be going spain for xmas will i need chains never been over pond that time year

 
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Great posting. I have recently had to replace my tires on the MH and have been trying to decide which tires I should go for. I had Conti Vanco camper which I have been well satisfied with as a summer tire. I have now gone for the Michelin's...

Great posting. I have recently had to replace my tires on the MH and have been trying to decide which tires I should go for. I had Conti Vanco camper which I have been well satisfied with as a summer tire. I have now gone for the Michelin's camper tires as they are rated M&S . It appears people either like the Michelin's or hate them. I'm out on my first trip on them. So far I like them. We had 10 cm of snow on our driveway which has a bit of a slope. The Michelin's got me out. The Conti's would not have. I think the Michelin's have a little more road noise if you listen for it. And they seem to roll a little more on round abouts. I only got 37 thousand kilometers out of the Conti's, will be interested to see how the Michelin's do.

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Hi mikescuba. We had Michelins for years, However, running on Vedrestein all season now, would thoroughly recommend them.

 
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This is surely one of the matters addressed on the Geneva or Vienna conference as far back as 1949 and again in 1968. Countries signed up to cross border travel vehicles being legal providing the were legal in the country where registered. Chaos...

This is surely one of the matters addressed on the Geneva or Vienna conference as far back as 1949 and again in 1968. Countries signed up to cross border travel vehicles being legal providing the were legal in the country where registered. Chaos would exist without this agreement.

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We fitted winter tyres (not studded) to the front drive wheels while travelling in Norway during the Winter months. (got fed up with taking chains on and off). The tyres have stayed on ever since and have been fine while touring Greece / Spain in...

We fitted winter tyres (not studded) to the front drive wheels while travelling in Norway during the Winter months. (got fed up with taking chains on and off). The tyres have stayed on ever since and have been fine while touring Greece / Spain in hot weather. Wear, fuel consumption and handling is not noticeably any different. and intend to replace all tyres with Winter tyres as driving in snow and ice with them is totally amazing.

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I believe the regs apply to driven axles only, free rolling axles do not require Winter tyres, M&S or snowflake, this allows us in the case of front wheel drive to fit 2 of each summer and winter tyres and run the winters on the free rolling rear...

I believe the regs apply to driven axles only, free rolling axles do not require Winter tyres, M&S or snowflake, this allows us in the case of front wheel drive to fit 2 of each summer and winter tyres and run the winters on the free rolling rear which has minimal wear during the summer months, the winters will thereby be useable for several seasons depending on annual mileage. Rear wheel drives get less advantage as steer tyres wear faster than rear free rollers.<br />Winter tyres will wear faster in hot conditions compared to summer tyres, they will also use more fuel as they have higher rolling resistance.<br />On the up side the grip all year is phenomenal and that safety factor should outweigh the £cost of reduced mileage life when used in summer. Anyone who uses winters in the snow once will always fit them in future. The tyres are not designed for snow only use, they are in fact designed for superior grip performance at 7C and below.

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