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Winter tires – 5 Tips for the winter tire season

Winterreifen mit Eiszapfen

Go gently

When driving sharp acceleration, avoid abrupt changes in direction and violent braking maneuvers to reduce the loss of grip in snow or ice to a minimum.

In the same winter tires

For optimal safety and traction, it is vital that all 4 tires should be the same. Use best ever four winter tires of the same brand and the same type. The tires on one axle should always have the same size, the same profile type, age and tire tread depth. Studded tires must, if permitted, be mounted on all four wheels. Information about carrying capacity as well as the tires’ speed rating to be used can be found in the vehicle handbook.

Check the tire pressure

Check the tire air pressure in cold condition and adjust if needed. Best to make a tire pressure checks at each fuel stop. The pressures specified through the car manufacturer should be followed. Note: Depending on the outside temperature changes of pressure. A pressure of 2.0 bar calculated at a temperature of +20 ° C, falls at a temperature of -5 ° C to 1.74 bar and at a temperature of from -20 ° C to 1.59 bar (difference of 20%).

Check treads depth

The winter tires performance is guaranteed up to a tread depth of 4 mm. below this value tires are no longer suitable for the winter, but can still come in the transitional period for use until they have reached the minimum allowable tread depth of 1.6 mm. But beware: As of 7 ° winter tires are vague in their driving behavior.

Carefully stored

When not in use the winter tires should preferably remain mounted on the rim and be stored horizontally. Increase the tire pressure before the summer break quiet around 0.5 bar. Rotate tires without rims on the side and stacked in this way. A stack should not contain more than four tires, so they do not deform due to their weight.