How to travel safe by car during winter


In most of the EU countries winter tires for cars are not mandatory, but there are plenty of exceptions. Before going on holidays, it is useful to get an overview. 

The winter and the weather varies throughout Europe, especially if you include Iceland and Norway. 28 ECC-offices has therefore answered the following questions about their home countries, to help consumers planning for a holiday on wheels abroad:

  • Are winter tires mandatory or not?
  • If not are there special areas (or caution signs on the road) where you need winter tires?
  • Are studded tires allowed?

Additional regulations to the ones listed below may apply, and is to be found in the report Winter tires within Europe, in Iceland and Norway.

Countries where winter tires are legally mandatory

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Countries where winter tires are mandatory if weather conditions so require

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovakia

Countries where winter tires are mandatory only if there is a specific road sign

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

Countries where winter tires are not mandatory

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom