From 15 November to 15 April, Croatia has a general winter equipment obligation on certain roads such as in the regions of Lika and Gorski Kotar. This means that vehicles travelling on these roads must at least have winter tires fitted. As an alternative to the use of winter tires, summer tires with a minimum tread depth of 4 mm in combination with snow chains, which are then mounted on drive wheels if required, can also comply with the regulation. In the event of snow or black ice, the winter equipment requirement applies to all regions of the country, regardless of the above-mentioned period.
Generally use winter tires
However, we recommend that you generally use winter tires during this time, because in our experience, it can get frosty in the evening hours, even on coastal roads or bridges. As there is little or no gritting at all, at least in the coastal regions, black ice forms relatively quickly and turns the roads into slides, especially in combination with fog.
Fines for violation of winter tire requirements
Violations of the obligation to operate vehicles with suitable winter equipment can be punished with fines. In the worst case, the vehicle may even be prohibited from continuing its journey.