Feb 3, 2017 - 10:38 AM
in reply to Andy68
Winter tyres: The rule is that your car must have appropriate equipment. We Swiss residents have two sets of tyres, and have the winter tyres on the car from December to April or later. For your international trip, if you stay on the major roads and use either the Gothard or the San Bernardino tunnel, I would say you don't need winter tyres. In April, the access roads to those tunnels are likely to be snow free (although there is no absolute certainty!) If you use the Simplon Pass (no tunnel there, but they try to maintain that road open throughout the year) or the Grand-St-Bernard tunnel (access road to high elevation) you might need snow tyres, and will even want to have snow chains of the appropriate size available in your trunk. Police may decide that winter equipment is mandatory on certain road sections based on weather conditions.
If you use a rented car, check with the rental company what is their policy on winter equipment. I would assume that in Mulhouse, and in April, they don't routinely provide cars with winter tyres.