Tips and advice about winter tyres - Snow tyres or winter tyres?

Snow tyres or winter tyres?

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Even if the term “winter tyre” is becoming more familiar, many people still talk about “snow tyres”. Yet, winter tyres are not only useful when it starts to snow. In reality, they improve our safety as soon as temperatures drop.

Tyre footprint on snow A tyre footprint on the snow - Copyright © : Rezulteo

Some Internet users ask us if there is a difference between winter tyres and snow tyres. The answer is no. These two terms refer to the same type of tyres. But, the correct term is “winter tyre”.

Indeed, by referring to “snow tyres”, this suggests that this type of tyre can only be used on snow covered roads. But this is not true. A winter tyre is a tyre suitable for weather conditions between autumn and spring: low temperatures, rain, slush, fresh or hard-packed snow, freezing rain, even ice…

Its rubber compound is optimised to remain flexible at low temperatures and its tread pattern designed to offer maximum grip on all types of slippery roads.

This is why it is recommended not to wait for the first frost or the first snow to fit winter tyres. Tyre manufacturers recommend that winter tyres should be fitted when the average temperature falls below 7°C. An easy way to remember when it’s time to change tyres is change them when the clocks change (summer/winter).