When a cold snap rolls across Europe, snow can fall in places that doesn't normally see snow at all, such as Corsica in the Mediterranean.
Further north, where snow and ice is much more common, an icy Siberian blast claimed more than 100 lives back in 2012 during a brutally cold Russian winter. These cold snaps can also cause major disruption to transport across Europe, orderingd trucks off the roads, rail operations to halt and flights to be grounded.
So, if you're traveling around Europe during winter, it's important you factor transport delays into your trip.
Here's what you need to know if you decide to hire a car to get from A to B during the freezing cold winter months.
If you absolutely have to be somewhere in Europe during a big freeze and the trains and planes aren't running, it may be tempting to hire a car and drive yourself around.
Be warned – especially if you aren't used to winter driving conditions – driving can be really dangerous. You could spend eight hours or more stuck in your car in a snowdrift, you could hit black ice that sends your car spinning, you could be left stranded on an isolated road at night in freezing temperatures.
Chances are it's much safer for you to wait out the flight delay and get to your destination without the troubles of traveling on the icy roads during a cold snap.
Britain's AA has some excellent tips on winter driving, but here are a few of our own:
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