In a few months time it will be the end of winter, and before everyone sets off on their February holidays we once again offer you the chance to take stock of all the options available to you in terms of winter and snow tyres.
Winter tyres: the basics
We can’t say it enough but winter tyres are not just there for when it snows, they come into their own as soon as temperatures drop below 7°C. And if it does snow, you will be able to drive away safely as opposed to leaving your car stranded in a car park. Winter tyres VS Summer tyres: the performance differences speak for themselves…
Read more about the differences between a winter tyre and a summer tyre.
It’s good to know that on a speed indicator, European legislation allows the speedometer to drop to ‘Q’ when it comes to winter tyres (See the annexe text II 4.2.2)
However, in temperate regions where winters are more mild, all-season tyres and M+S tyres can serve as an alternative option. But be assured that this is not always a good compromise. Read about what an all season tyre worth in winter on rezulteo.
Nordic tyres: tyres for extreme winters
Nordic tyres are very rarely used in the UK as they are designed for use once the temperatures reach -10°C. They are thus mainly used in Scandinavian countries, where the roads are snowy for months on end and conditions are often icy. They are characterised by strong siping and a directional profile.
Studded tyres: guaranteed grip
Studded tyres are a type of Nordic tyre, but thanks to their studding they allow a better grip on snowy and icy roads. It is important to pay attention to regulations regarding their usage in a particular country. Think to check legislation concerning usage for particular regions and countries. It is also important to place a special adhesive sticker to your car and limit your speed to the equivalent of 90km (around 57mph). Read all about studded tyres on rezulteo.
Snow chains: When tyres are not enough
In the case of heavy snow this is potentially essential equipment; whether you put them on for skiing or are travelling in a snowy mountainous area. There are several types of snow chains available for different prices. It is very important to ensure you buy obtain chains with the correct dimensions, to maintain them and also to practice putting them on because fitting them for the first time in the snow can be very difficult!
It is good to know that snow socks also exist, and often at a lower price. Be aware of the fact that certain tyres are matched with a brand. Such as EasyGrip socks from Michelin. They serve as a quick solution to help you in tricky conditions but inform yourself about their use and performance when you buy them.
Pay attention to different regulations
Depending on the country, regulations concerning studded tyres and snow tyres can vary. Make sure that you are up to date by looking at our detailed lists of information for each country. Regulations for the use of winter tyres, snow chains and studded tyres in Europe.
And there you have it, some last advice for this winter season. Safe driving everyone!