Winter driving tips How to stay safe and handle Swiss streets in the snow

Markus Häfeli, the owner of leading car dealership Autociel: Car Services for Expats, knows that winter driving is often new to many expats. Here are his winter tips.

4 wheel drive: In winter conditions 4WD cars offer a far better driving experience than 2WD, but remember 4WD doesn't make you invincible! Interestingly, when driving downhill, a 4WD has no advantage over a 2WD.

Winter tyres: In October/November every car-owner in Switzerland visits a tyre garage to exchange their lighter summer tyres for winter tyres. They grip better and perform better at lower temperatures. THIS IS A MUST from a safety point of view. Also, many insurance companies will refuse to settle for winter accidents involving vehicles with summer tyres.

Tread carefully: Have the tire shop check your treads, not just to make sure they are still legal but that they can handle snow and ice.

All systems go: Ask a mechanic to check your vital systems - wiper blades, fluids, batteries, defrosting and heating systems.

Check road conditions: www.ch.ch/en/traffic-and-travel-news is an excellent resource for English speakers.

Snow chains: Know how to use chains, and make sure yours fit and are on board.

Pack the right kit! Jumper cables, shovel, ice scraper, warm winter clothes, blankets, flashlight.

Autociel wishes you safe driving this winter!

Autociel's recommended partner for winter tyres is Pneu Egger. With branches all over Switzerland, it's the nation's premier tyre dealership. Present the voucher at any Pneu Egger branch to receive a 10% additional discount on the regular conditions. To download & print the voucher just click on the image. Find a branch near you at www.pneu-egger.ch

Author: Markus Häfeli

Markus is an entrepreneur and owns two companies that specialise in catering to the needs of expats in Switzerland. Autociel (www.autociel.ch) caters to the car needs of expats in Switzerland and includes rental, leasing and sale of quality cars. The concept of his second company, MySwissInsurance (www.myswissinsurance.ch) includes a friendly and comprehensive service and tailored insurance solutions at competitive prices. The business offers solutions for both individuals and companies relocating to Switzerland. Markus has worked with expats for over 14 years. He enjoys contact with people from around the world and takes an avid interest in cars, health and fitness. He enjoys spending time with his son.

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