In conditions below 7°C, winter tyres are more efficient than summer tyres.
The rubber in winter tyres is specially designed to resist the cold and provide excellent grip and stability under the harshest climatic conditions: ice, snow, bad weather, etc. From +7°C down to -40°C, the tyre tread does not harden and allows you to continue driving safely.
What are the benefits of a winter tyre?
Aside from the special rubber, the grooves on the tread are deeper and the tyre has extra siping to offer you optimum performance in conditions below 7°C:
- Reduced braking distances.
- Improved grip on snow-covered, icy or slippery roads.
- Improved stability.
- Improved steering control.
- Reduced risk of aquaplaning.
What do the 3PMSF and M+S markings mean?
The 3PMSF (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake) mark is the only type approval that guarantees the performance of your winter tyres and allows you to drive legally when winter tyres are mandatory for a given period.
The M+S mark signifies "mud" and "snow", indicating that your tyres are capable of handling tough climatic conditions but are not actually certified as "snow tyres".
All 3PMSF tyres have the M+S mark.
Are you allowed to reduce the speed index of a winter tyre?
Yes, you are authorised to reduce the speed index by one letter compared to your summer tyres. If, for example, the size of your summer tyres is 205/55 R16 91V, you can use winter tyres with the reference 205/55 R16 91H.
However, you cannot change the load index.
What makes of winter tyre should you buy for your car?
Most manufacturers produce winter tyres, and here is a list of the most popular models:
- Dunlop Winter Response 2
- Michelin Alpin 5
- Aeolus SnowAce 2 AW08
- Kumho WinterCraft WP51
- Sava Eskimo S3+
- Goodyear UltraGrip 9
- Hankook i*cept RS 2 W452
- Vredestein Snowtrac 5
- Yokohama W.drive V905
- Falken Eurowinter HS01
- Firestone Winterhawk 3
- Nokian WR D4