Driving in snowy or icy conditions can be difficult, even for the most experienced drivers. This is why Sixt offers winter tyres readily equipped on our car hires for all relevant locations and seasons. Our cars have their snow tyres during the winter period from 11.10.2018 until 30.04.2019. If you're visiting Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France or any other top winter destination for skiing or otherwise, our rentals with winter tyres will ensure you're safe and sound driving in snowy conditions. Hoping to transport your skis too? Sixt also offers you to include magnetic ski racks for your car rental.
Unlike our other optional upgrades like snow chains (which provide extra grip to all-season tyres) and ski racks, our snow tyres come as standard when they are required by local driving laws. To make sure you're renting a vehicle with winter tyres, when selecting your car online you will see beside the car if they are included. Should they not be fitted already, please request and our staff will be sure to meet your needs.
In Germany and Austria, winter tyres are required by law during the snowy seasons, but you can rest assured that your Sixt car hire will come equipped with them as standard between the rental period of 11.10.2018 until 30.04.2019.
Winter tyres in France are not required by law but can be useful should you be planning on driving on Alpine roads or going to ski destinations. After entering your desired pick-up locations and dates, you will see which cars are available with snow tyres and then how much they cost per day. You can also choose to add snow chains with your vehicle which can be applied to the all-season tyres. Our helpful staff in-branch can also advise on which is best for your trip.
There is no legal obligation to have you car equipped with winter tyres in Switzerland but you may be found liable if you are involved in an accident when your car is not properly kitted out for the season. After entering your desired pick-up locations and dates, you will see which of our rental vehicles in Switzerland are bookable with snow tyres and then how much they cost per day. Our helpful staff in-branch can also advise on which is best for your trip.
Snow tyres are essential for safe driving in winter, but are only required for harsh conditions which is why they are unavailable (for your rental) in the UK but common in Alpine European destinations. It's worth noting that in many parts of Europe, they are a legal requirement. For example in Finland, Latvia and Estonia, winter tyres are mandatory within a certain time frame, and in Germany and Austria all vehicles must be fitted with winter tyres in wintry conditions. Unlike summer tyres, winter tyres - or snow tyres - don't harden in cold weather, so the road grip is much better.