Snowsocks Guide

Snow Chain Guide--Get Through Winter Safely Which vehicles can be equipped with snow chains? Check that your vehicle's maintenance or instruction manual does not contain any warnings advising against installing snow chains. Also, check out the country-specific requirements for winter tyres and snow chains. If you need help finding the right snow chains for your car, check out our PEWAG Snow Chain Finder. Find the right snow chains for your tyres snowchain If your car does support the use of snow chains, make a note of the three measurements on the side of your tyre. The first number is tyre width, the second gives you the aspect ratio (side-wall height as percentage of width) and the third is the rim diameter in inches. This information will help you get the right snow chain size for your tyres. Check out all our snow chains here or our brand-specific snow chain fitting guides here. Winter tyres Snow chains UK Not mandatory Some insurance companies require notification that winter tyres are fitted to a car or van. Contact your insurer for more information. We strongly recommend that you check local regulations Use permitted, but only where the road surface is covered in a protective layer of compacted snow/ice Some insurance companies require notification that snow chains are fitted to a car or van. Contact your insurer for more information. We strongly recommend that you check local regulations Winter tyres Snow chains Austria Mandatory between November 1 and April 15, in case of "wintry" weather conditions (i.e. snow, ice, freezing rain, glaze, packed snow and/or snow slush) Applies to vehicles up to a weight of 3.5 tons (not to motorbikes) on all 4 wheels, and to vehicles above 3.5 tons on at least the wheels of one driving axle For omnibuses, it is mandatory between November 1 and March 15 on at least the wheels of one driving axle M+S "all season" tyres are also compliant Tread depth of at least 4 mm (radial pattern) or 5 mm (diagonal pattern) for vehicles up to a weight of 3.5 tons, and 5 mm (radial pattern) or 6 mm (diagonal pattern) for vehicles above 3.5 tons Obligation to use winter tyres can also be stipulated by traffic signs for specific areas and/or roads Alternative: snow chains on driving axle, when road is entirely covered with snow or ice We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Carry chains between November 1 and April 15 and use them as stipulated by traffic signs or road conditions Roads shall not be damaged Snow spikes are generally allowed in Austria We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Winter tyres Snow chains France No general obligation Winter tyres can be authorised in place of chains, on roads where using chains is mandatory (in such case, a traffic sign specifies "winter tyres admitted") Winter tyres must bear the M+S, M&S or M.S. label We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Only studded tyres with specific features are allowed, between the Saturday before November 11 and the last Sunday of March of the following year (or other dates defined by local authorities) Speed limit with studded tyres is 90 km/h Special symbol shall be displayed on the left rear side of the vehicle We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Using chains is allowed only on snow-covered roads Using chains is mandatory on some snow-covered roads, as stipulated by traffic signs (on such roads, winter tyres are not allowed unless specified by a traffic sign, and snow socks are not allowed) To be placed on the tyres of the driving axle We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Winter tyres Snow chains Germany Mandatory in case of "wintry" weather conditions (i.e. snow, ice, freezing rain, glaze, packed snow and/or snow slush) Applies to all passenger cars and motorbikes (including foreign-registered vehicles) For most passenger cars, required on all 4 wheels (for some passenger cars, "M+S-Tyres" are required only on the driving axle) Tyres that conform to the attributes of "M+S-Tyres", and are marked either w/ M+S label ("mud and snow") or Alpine Symbol M+S all season tyres are also compliant We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Carry chains and use them as stipulated by traffic signs or road conditions Chains have to be placed and conditioned so that they do not damage the streets Chains made of metal are allowed for rubber tyres only Speed limit with snow chains is 50 km/h We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Snow spikes are strictly prohibited unless sunken into the tyre Winter tyres Snow chains Italy Winter tyres are always recommended for improved driving comfort and safety during wintertime Please be aware: In certain periods of the year, winter tyres (or alternatively snow chains) may be mandatory as set out by local authorities and stipulated by traffic signs All-weather tyres are not an appropriate substitute for winter tyres We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules In certain areas and/or under certain weather conditions, the use of snow chains may be required Please be aware: In certain periods of the year winter tyres (or alternatively snow chains) may be mandatory as set out by local authorities and stipulated by traffic signs We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about rules applicable to snow socks and spikes. Winter tyres Snow chains Spain No general obligation to use winter tyres but recommended Alternative to snow chains whenever the use of snow chains is stipulated by traffic signs due to road conditions We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Carry chains and use them as stipulated by traffic signs due to road conditions General recommendation to use snow chains as soon as the road "looks white" We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Winter tyres Snow chains Switzerland Not mandatory but recommended Please be aware that you could be held liable for fines in case of impeding traffic when driving with inappropriate tyres In addition, a joint liability is possible in case of accidents when driving with inappropriate tyres We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules Carry chains and use them as stipulated by traffic signs or road conditions We strongly recommend that you check with local authorities about applicable rules