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    Top tips for a safe festive road trip

    Escaping the madness of the UK and heading to foreign lands is a great way to spend Christmas, but before you travel it's a good idea to prepare ahead for the journey and to understand the rules of the road for the country you are travelling too.Here are a few tips on our most popular winter destinations.

    Spain

    When you're driving your hire car in Spain in summer your main worry should be that you are on the right side of the road; in Spain they drive on the right, opposite to the UK. In winter you have to think a little more carefully. If you travel into the Sierra Nevada region it's a good idea to take snow chains for your car, as anytime between January and March the area can expect heavy snow fall; making it Spain's number one ski region!

    Switzerland

    With the amount of snow that falls in Switzerland throughout winter you may be better booking a sledge; if only! In parts of the country there are signs indicating that snow chains must be fitted to your at least two wheels on your vehicle, also winter tyres may be a good idea if driving through The Alps. If you do not have the correct winter equipment fitted to your Switzerland car hire then you could be fined by the local authorities.

    Austria

    Pick up a hire car in Vienna and you should escape any severe road conditions, but travel to Salzburg and you will encounter completely different road conditions. Austria perhaps has the strictness of rules in winter. From the 1st November and the 15th April you must have winter tyres fitted to the car, or as an alternative, all season tyres; these must be marked at the manufactures with the letters M&S. When driving through the snow regions you must also have snow chains fitted to the tyres.So remember stay safe this holiday season and check the weather report before you travel!

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