Road conditions

Jan 19th, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Road conditions

My boyfriend and I are coming to Munich to pick up his new car through the European Delivery program and we are trying to find out if he will need snow tires on his car to get around. We are scheduled to arrive on the 24th of January and plan on visiting Salzburg, Innsburk and Luzern. Can anyone let us know if we will be able to get around without snow tires???

chloeaban is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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You will need winter tyres, by law in Germany.
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Jan 19th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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NO, get winter tires.

Today we had 12C in Munich and it felt almost like spring, but there is no guarantee that there won't be snow in a few days time.

For driving in Bavaria, Austria, and Switzerland, winter tires are a non-negotiable must, at least from December through March. If something goes wrong, you will not only wreck your new car, but the insurance won't cover your damages and will not pay for any damages you will cause (other cars, personal injuries, etc.).
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Jan 20th, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Have the new car equipped with 'snow tires'. If your home base doesn't need snow tires you should make a deal with some local and switch the winter tires for regular ones. If you need snow tires at home, leave then on. Buy regular tires at home.
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Jan 20th, 2008, 10:02 AM
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It's not "non - negotiable", the law only says that you MUST have snow tyres when driving on snowy or icy roads (angepasst).

If you don't and are involved in an accident, you will be respnsible for the (excess) damage. If no accident happens and you're an obstruction to traffic, fines are "relatively" low.
So you COULD do without, but it's not a great idea. .

The last few days were warm and sunny, but who knows, global warming may just take a break.
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Jan 20th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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No obstruction 20€ fine, obstructing traffic 40€ fine (and one point), accident A LOT more
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Jan 20th, 2008, 10:44 AM
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I'm assuming you're picking up a BMW in Munich. Check out they have a European delivery forum with lots of information about the process, etc...they also have a winter tire rental program if you are picking up and dropping off your new car in Munich.

If you are dropping off your car at another location for shipping to the US, the rental program will not work for you.

You DO need winter tires. Have a great trip!
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