Winter tyres are compulsory: winter is here

The number of countries in which the usage of winter tyres is mandatory is increasing every year. At a temperature of 7°C or below, in fact, even the best summer tyres gradually lose their road holding capabilities, compromising stability and braking performance. Winter tyres, fitted in autumn, allow confident driving in all weather conditions, with no need for snow chains. The special compound of the winter tyres is ideal for low temperatures, while the specific tread pattern helps to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.  Moreover they ensure traction and safety, even on snowy surfaces, and allow a significant reduction in braking distances: -10% in rain conditions at low temperatures and -20% on snow compared to summer tyres. They are easily recognisable thanks to the initials M+S (Mud & Snow) and a symbol of a mountain with a snowflake on the sidewall. For safe winter driving, Pirelli experts suggest that you avoid sharp acceleration or sudden braking, to always fit four winter tyres and to regularly check both the tyre pressures and the tread depth.  When not used, winter tyres should be stored carefully, better if laid down flat and stacked on top of each other on shelves at 10 cm from the ground.