Winter tyres – for safe driving on ice and snow!
Weather and road conditions can change quite abruptly in winter. Winter tyres have to offer a consistently high degree of safety when it’s dry, when temperatures are low and when streets are icy and snowed in. The mark M+S (also: M&S or M.S.) tags winter tyres and all-rounders suitable for winter. Some M+S tyres additionally have a snowflake symbolising a high standard of quality.
It’s down to the rubber compound
Naturally, it is crucial to have great grip on roads covered in black ice and snow. To guarantee reliable grip in low temperatures, winter tyres are manufactured using a special rubber compound that is resistant to cold temperatures. That’s how they can adapt to wintery road surfaces perfectly.
The right tread pattern in winter
Winter tyres have broad tread grooves and additional ribs. Ribs open and close while driving, ensuring that drive and braking power are optimally transferred to the road. This results in stability and reliable grip even under harsh conditions.
Safe from aquaplaning risks in winter
Especially in winter, there’s the constant risk that a water layer covering road surfaces leads to aquaplaning. By offering good water displacement properties, winter tyres lower the risk of aquaplaning and drivers will have maximum control over their vehicle under all circumstances.
Journey abroad: Beware of legal requirements
Before you travel abroad by car, always check the legal requirements for winter tyres when road conditions are wintery. If there is no legally defined time frame for compulsory winter tyres; as a rule of thumb, experts recommend driving with M+S tyres between October and Easter.