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