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    Winter Equipment Guide

    When hiring a car during the winter in snowy destinations, you will want to make sure that you are abiding by the relevant regulations on winter equipment for cars. Not only will this ensure that you are driving safe, but you will also avoid the risk of having to pay hefty fines if caught without the proper gear.Below, we have put together a handy guide to help you figure out which equipment you will need, depending on where you are travelling. In many destinations, we offer rates with winter tyres included, while in other countries, you will need to request winter tyres and pay for them locally. Other equipment must always be requested.

    Germany

    When the weather turns wintry, i.e. ice and snow are present, winter tyres become mandatory in Germany. Car rental suppliers will then also equip their fleet with winter tyres. To avoid additional costs when picking up the car, you can book a 'Winter Tyres Included' rate with us!

    Austria

    From the 1st of November until the 15th of April, and if winter conditions are present on the roads even if outside of these dates, winter tyres must be used in Austria.

    Switzerland

    In Switzerland, snow tyres are not mandatory during a specified time period, but they are recommended. However, if you are caught driving in winter conditions without proper winter tyres, you will face a fine. Suppliers equip cars with appropriate tyres, and 'Winter Tyres Included' rates are offered on our website!

    Italy

    Cars should be equipped with winter tyres or snow chains from the 15th of October until the 15th of April in the northern parts of Italy that experience snowfall. Unlike in more northern countries, Italian car hire suppliers do not usually equip their fleets with snow tyres. Many cars will be equipped with all-season tyres, and near ski destinations, snow chains may be available to rent at an additional cost. To ensure that you are driving safely, call us to discuss your rental, and we can advise you on which equipment you can book with us, and which you need to arrange with the local supplier directly.

    France

    Winter tyres may not be mandatory in France, but you will not want to risk your safety or that of your passengers if you are heading to the mountains or other snowy parts of the country. Call us to find out how to best equip your rental car with snow chains.

    Scandinavia

    Finland and Sweden require cars to be equipped with winter tyres from December until the end of February or March, and snow chains are often also allowed. Norway mandates the use of winter tyres during winter conditions. Look out for 'Winter Tyres Included' rates on our website to ensure that you are not charged extra for appropriate tyres.

    General tips

    Unless you are booking a 'Winter Tyres Included' rate, it is advised that you make a request for winter tyres when you make your booking. You will also be able to find the cost of winter tyres or a winterization fee in the Terms and Conditions on our booking engine. Similarly, if you are hoping to rent snow chains, you need to make an extra request for this. However, note that snow chains must often be arranged directly with the supplier, and will always incur an additional cost when picking up the car. If you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact a reservations agent by calling +44 123 3225 114 .If you are travelling for a ski holiday, it may be a good idea to also book some ski racks to help transport your equipment. You will need to add a request for ski racks when making your booking online, and also indicate the number of pairs of skis you need the ski rack for. An additional fee, which will be paid to the local supplier when picking up the vehicle, will apply - you can find the rates in the Terms and Conditions and under Product Information on our website. Enjoy your winter wonderland and stay safe on the snowy roads!

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