Snow-capped, majestic mountains, fluffy drifts of powdery snow sparkling in the sun, icicles extending from roofs, and windows adorned with icy etchings. Winter’s unmistakeable mood is enchanting, but it also is eager to crawl under your jacket and set your teeth chattering with chill. Most of all, perhaps, it likes to complicate life for drivers. Here it sprinkles the road with snow, there it lays down an icy patch, then it covers everything in a grey duskiness and adds some sleet for good measure.
So, whether you set off across Europe to ski in the Alps or just to the nearest hillside to sleigh and build snowmen, it’s good not to underestimate your preparations because winter roads can surprise you at any time.
That’s why we offer a number of useful tips and recommendations to help prevent troubles on the road. Let’s start with a checklist of the essentials you should take with you and a list of basic documents and information you mustn’t forget.