November has arrived and so the winter season in highlands. Snow sports fans can now combine holidays and hobby in one trip to one of the winter resorts across Europe. We offer car hire in various winter locations and do not forget what comes along. Here you can find some useful pieces of information for your winter car hire.
The most important issue you need to pay attention to are winter tyres. If you are going to travel to places affected by snow fall, winter tyres are vital for your safety. Some countries have introduced mandatory winter tyres. These are: Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavian countries. The restriction comes in force already in November each year and lasts till first spring months (depending on the country of travel) Auto Europe booking mask displays this information in connection to the country of your choice. Some suppliers include the winter tyres in their rates. If that is not the case, you will find the extra fee for the winter equipment under: Terms, Conditions and Local Fees on our booking mask.
Most popular winter destinations are located across the Alps. While winter tyres are available in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, vehicles hired in France and Italy are not equipped with winter tyres. Usually, there are all season tyres available. It is possible however, to rent snow chains locally, which may sometimes save your holidays!
If you plan to take your skis with you, you may also book ski racks. They can be fitted to larger vehicles, so mini category is not the best idea for your ski holidays. You may also rent a van or a station wagon to fit your skis inside the car . Each ski rack can fit 2 pairs of skis and there are maximum two ski racks per car. It is therefore advisable to write the number of skis on your booking request.
Auto Europe runs a toll free number for any car hire queries. Our agents will advise you on rental conditions, local winter traffic regulations or available equipment, so do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have regarding your car hire request!