Ensure that your tyre tread is at least 3mm in many countries, however, some countries, for example the Czech Republic, now require tyre treads to be 4mm as a minimum when driving in wintery conditions. We recommend that you check the necessary tyre tread for the country you are travelling to. Rac.co.uk has a good guide on winter tyre tread depth for Western European countries.
It should be noted that many car hire companies may charge extra if you want winter tyres or snow chains.
As weather can be unpredictable both at home and abroad during the winter season, it's important to ensure you have the right car for the conditions. In Iceland, for example, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended - especially if you're considering taking to Iceland's famous ring road.
It's important to ensure you are carrying the right emergency equipment in your car whilst driving, especially in wintery conditions. We recommend taking the following:
Many car hire companies will offer car hire insurance, however, taking out cover with the car hire business could be far more expensive (and less comprehensive) than cover provided by an insurance provider - such as Insurance4CarHire.com.
It's also really important to note that without sufficient car hire excess insurance you - as the driver - could be facing additional costs - including the responsibility of any damage caused by a road accident.
This is yet another reason why winter tyres or snow chains are recommended whilst driving in ice and snow abroad as they could help to reduce the likelihood of an accident. By not having these, if it is a legal requirement to have chains or winter tyres fitted, you could end up incurring further costs.
For tips on winter driving we suggest reading "Winter Car Hire Tips: Driving In The Ice & Snow".
Winter driving can be quite challenging, which is why we recommend taking out car hire excess insurance to ensure you have adequate cover should you have an accident whilst driving.
To find out more about our policies and how we can cover you – read our article which answers the question: “What is car hire excess insurance”.