Driving in French Alps; winter tyres

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    Hi all,

    I am planning a trip to French Alps, and I was wondering if winter tyres are mandatory in that region ? If yes, could I use M+S tyres as well ? Another question: two tyres are enough ? or it has to be four ?


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    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson

    Check the websites of the local authorities and contact your insurance company for advice, as they will be able to tell you if it is mandatory or recommended.

    As for two vs. four tyres, four is a definite must. The whole point of winter tyres is that they give much better grip in cold and snowy conditions. All four tyres are important at maintaining grip to allow you to accelerate, brake and steer the vehicle.

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    The Colonel
    The Colonel

    Winter (M+S) tyres are not a legal requirement, though highly recommended for such areas, but if you are going into a region where snow on the roads is expected – Alps, February, pretty much – then you should have snow chains available. You will see white on blue signs that show a tyred-wheel with snow chains on them (known as a B26). This is when you know you are in such an area.

    The police do checks, with road blocks and random roadside, and if you are found not to have snow chains, you will be turned away from the area.

    Snowsocks are legal for use too.

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