Are you venturing out on the road in the freezing conditions sweeping across Europe now? Then it's time to read a Winter Tyres report just published by the European Consumer Centre Network on mandatory equipment for travel this winter in Europe, plus Iceland and Norway.

You may think it will be obvious whether you are obliged winter tyres or not. But it's not as straightforward as simply saying 'is it snowy or not?' In some countries winter tyres are legally required between certain dates, in others they are mandatory "if weather conditions so require", in a few they are only mandatory if there is a specific road sign and in others they are not mandatory at all.

Before you risk breaking the law or worse, being involved in an accident (which may have insurance questions if you are not following the law), it is better to know in which countries winter tyres are mandatory.

To read the full report click here