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Winter Snow Chain Usage Regulations and Requirements

Traffic Sign of Snow Chains


In some regions of Europe, snow chains are only required to be installed in areas with a snow chains traffic sign (as shown above). These areas are typically found in cold mountainous regions or snowy areas. Due to the thick ice and snow in these regions, relying solely on snow tires is not safe enough, hence the need for snow chains.

Regulations for Snow Chains:

  • On road sections with a snow chains traffic sign, all vehicles must drive with snow chains installed.

  • The maximum allowed speed for vehicles equipped with snow chains is 50 km/h, even under good road conditions.

Where should snow chains be installed?

The primary purpose of installing snow chains is to improve the vehicle's traction, stability, and safety while driving. Therefore, they should be installed on the driving wheels of the vehicle. You need to know whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.

If your vehicle is all-wheel drive (four-wheel drive), you should consult the vehicle's operating manual to understand the manufacturer's guidelines regarding snow chains.

Where can you buy snow chains?

If you plan to drive in areas where snow chains may be required, it is advisable to equip your vehicle with suitable snow chains in advance for safety reasons.

You can purchase snow chains through various channels, including online retailers, specialized mechanical equipment suppliers, or directly from manufacturers. Surechain has extensive experience and professional manufacturing technology, providing high-performance snow chains for various vehicles and mechanical equipment.

Rules for Winter Tires and Snow Chains in European Countries:

Different countries have different regulations, so if you plan to go skiing or vacationing in neighboring countries, make sure to familiarize yourself with the local rules regarding winter tires and snow chains in advance.

CountriesWinter tires mandatorySnow chains mandatory
AustriaYes, depending on the road conditions.depending on traffic signs.
from November 1 to April 15
SwitzerlandNo, but joint liability in case of accidents caused by inappropriate tires.Depending on traffic signs.
ItalyNot uniform.Depending on traffic signs.
FranceYes, mandatory in some regions.Depending on traffic signs.
SlovakiaYes, under ice and snow conditions.No.
NorwayNo.No, but if using summer tires in winter, snow chains must be installed.
PolandNo.Depending on traffic signs.
Czech RepublicYes, depending on the road conditions.No.
From November 1 to March 31.
SerbiaYes, depending on the road conditions.Must have snow chains in the trunk and install them when necessary.
From November 1 to April 1.