Patches of ice, compact snow or slush - in winter driving conditions are constantly changing and your your vehicle needs to be equipped to enable you to drive safety (as a reminder, in winter, the risk of an accident is multiplied by 5 on wet roads and by 10 on snowy or icy roads).


If you still hesitate to equip your vehicle with snow tyres (which you find too expensive, not necessarily useful or too restrictive), discover the specifics of winter tyres through a our FAQs below.

 

What is a snow tyre ?

The profile of winter tyres is characterised by special slats, blocks and incisions. The slats are made up of many small profile sections, which interlock with the snow and ice of the road, thus ensuring road adhesion in the winter.

Winter tyres are specially designed for conditions on winter roads: the softer rubber mixture remains elastic enough even at low temperatures to ensure the adhesion and power transmission of the vehicle to the road. The lower profile with its lamellas also helps to make the tire better fit with the winter road than a summer tyre.

You can easily recognise a winter tyre by the alpine symbol with three mountain peaks and snowflake on the side wall.

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Why should I equip my vehicle with winter tyres?

To ensure safe driving under changing winter weather conditions at temperatures below 7 degrees celsius on icy, wet, snowy, dry and snowy roads, winter tyres are necessary.

Are there different types of winter tyres?

We distinguish running-directional winter tires for small, medium and larger vehicles, as well as asymmetric, non-directional high-speed tyres for more motorised, sporty vehicles.

In some European countries there are also spike tyres, which are suitable for journeys on ice-covered and snow-covered tracks. The so-called spikes are incorporated as hard metal or steel pins into the tire profile and are distributed over the tread of the tyre. In Germany, however, spike tyres are prohibited all year round; in Austria and Switzerland spike tyres are allowed only during the winter months at a fixed period..

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Should I buy 2 or 4 winter tyres?


To save money, some motorists decide to equip their vehicles with only one pair of winter tyres thinking that this will be enough to face the snow or the ice storm .... It is a mistake. In winter, to stay safe on the road, getting only one pair of winter tyres is not enough. Worse, combining summer tyres and winter tyres can create an imbalance in the grip of your vehicle. This difference in behavior and performance between the front and rear trains will lead to frequent slips in the turns as well as during the braking phases.

 

What about 4x4s or SUVs?


SUVs or SUVs usually offer 2 and / or 4-wheel drive. This system allows better traction especially to overcome obstacles more easily. However, contrary to popular belief, this is not enough to ensure controlled driving on snowy or icy roads.

While this type of vehicles will always get a little better than other vehicles to climb the slopes but when it comes to approaching a downhill or a turn in the middle of winter, their weight puts them at a disadvantage. In addition, with these heavy vehicles, the braking distances can be extended if the adhesion of the tyres is not good. Our tip: Do not rely on your 4WD to be safe this winter, opt for 4x4 winter tyres instead.

 

Should I fit my winter tyres on specific rims?


You can of course mount your winter tyres on your current wheels but it can be much more practical (and in the long term economic) to have your winter tyres mounted on new wheels. Indeed, at the change of season you simply interchange your wheels without mounting costs.

 

Winter tyres and / or snow chains?


Snow chains can be locally prescribed in high alpine areas, also for vehicles with winter tyres and for vehicles with all-wheel drive. When selecting the size, it should be taken into account that there is still sufficient space for a snow chain. The recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer regarding the tyre combinations with snow chain use must be observed.

 

What are the advantages of winter tyres compared to snow chains?


Snow chains may only be used up to a maximum speed of 50 km / h and the assembly requires practice. Very good winter tyres make the use of snow chains unnecessary. In Finland, in the country of the inventors of the winter tyres, snow chains are dispensed with.

 

Are winter tyres really effective?


Winter tyres are optimised for use at temperatures below seven degrees Celsius - the colder the temperatures, the better. Winter tires work best to the recommended minimum profile depth of four millimeters. 

 

When is the use of winter tyres useful?


The rule from October to Easter is simple and easy to remember, with the actual weather conditions being crucial. At temperatures below seven degrees Celsius, winter tyres are the best choice under all conditions. For year-round use, there are also winter tyres such as Nokian Weatherproof, which work as a compromise both in winter and in summer.

 

Prejudices and misunderstandings about winter tyres


Winter tyres are louder than summer tires

The information on the EU tyre label provides information on the pre-noise. Winter tyres are often quieter as they have a softer tread compound. To ensure that the tyres wear evenly and maintain the quiet rolling noise over the entire service life, we recommend a monthly tyre pressure control, the adjustment of the tyre pressure to the loading condition of the vehicle as well as the axial change from the front to the rear axle and vice versa every 5,000 to 8,000 km.

Winter tyres are harder and more uncomfortable than summer tyres
Winter tyres generally have a softer tread compound than summer tires and have no comfort disadvantages.

All-season and all-weather tyres are as good as winter tyres
In the case of changing winter weather conditions, winter tyres are superior to all-season tyres in every respect. The colder and wintry the conditions, the greater the perceptible differences.

Old winter tyres can be left in summer
The legal minimum profile depth for summer and winter tyres is 1.6 mm. Winter tyres have higher wear in the summer and longer wet and dry braking distances. In addition, the driving behaviour is more undefined, since the winter tyres have been developed for cold temperatures, the steering movements are retarded. We recommend to renew the winter tyre at four millimeters of residual profile depth and to remove the summer tyre at three millimeters of residual profile depth.

Winter tyres are recognizable by the abbreviation "M + S"
The M + S symbol is not legally protected and can be used by any tyre manufacturer. In the winter tyre selection, it is therefore important to pay attention to the alpine symbol with three mountain peaks and snowflakes. Only tyres with this symbol fulfil the legal minimum requirements of a winter tyre.