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Winter tyres

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As the weather is getting colder, do you spare a thought for your safety? And do you consider fitting winter tyres? Here’s everything you need to know on the subject. Are you an Arval client and would you like to fit snow tyres to your vehicle? Please contact your fleet manager in order to verify whether snow tyres are included in your contract. You can also find this information in your car policy. If your employer uses this system, summer tyres are replaced in winter by winter tyres and vice versa. Twice per year (before winter en before summer), you will receive a letter from us with details of the authorised tyre centres.

Need to make an appointment?

You can make your appointment online for the placement of a new set of tyres, or to change from or to winter tyres. You can do so at one of our certified partners:

Q-team - Lambrechts
Donckers
Eurotyre -Ceva
TSE – de Condé – Vulco

If you already have a set of tyres stocked at a Profile Tyrecenter or Passion Pneu, please make your appointment via this website.

 
Winter tyres

All tyres with an M+S, M&S or M.S indication are considered as winter tyres, but this does not say anything about the winter properties of the tyre. This symbol often appears on less recent tyres. Current winter tyres are provided with an indication with M+S and the snowflake symbol:  these symbols are an indication of the winter properties. The tyre then meets the minimum requirements on snow.

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The 4 wheels must be equipped with winter tyres.

The efficiency of a winter tyre decreases significantly when the profile depth is less than 4 mm. Bear in mind that in certain countries where winter tyres are mandatory, a minimum residual profile depth may be imposed.

 

Why switch to winter tyres?

Simply because if the temperature falls below 7°C, your tyres become less efficient. This is because, below this temperature, the rubber hardens and causes a loss of efficacy. The use of silicon in winter tyres and their different construction enables them to:

  • Reduce the braking distance by 10% in the case of rain and 20% in the case of snow
  • Guarantee better adhesion, which is synonymous with security
  • Reduce the occurrence of aquaplaning

When should you fit winter tyres?

The use of winter tyres is recommended between October and April.

 

What does the Belgian law say on the subject?

In Belgium, winter tyres are recommended but not compulsory. In the event of an accident, an authorised person (e.g. police officer) may note the absence of winter tyres in a report, but this has no particular impact from a legal point of view, nor with regard to your insurer.

 

In which countries are they compulsory?

Winter tyres may be compulsory abroad in certain cases. To find out the countries in which winter tyres are compulsory, consult the table below.

 

Snow chains

In most countries the use of spiked tyres and snow chains are regulated and, in certain places, indicated by specific traffic signs. Motor vehicles with more than two wheels must use snow chains on places indicated with a traffic sign (blue disc with the symbol of a wheel with snow chain).

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When snow chains are used, it is allowed to only mount the snow chains on the two driving wheels. For 4-wheel drive vehicles, snow chains must be mounted to the driving wheels, but the user’s instructions for the vehicle and the placing of the snow chains are decisive in this respect. We advise you to have snow chains available for your vehicle when you drive through wintery countries.  

 

Summary

Country

Winter tyres

Snow chains

Germany

Vehicles must be adapted to the weather conditions. This means that in case of wintery weather conditions, winter tyres are compulsory.

Recommended minimum profile depth: 4 mm.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign. Maximum speed: 50km/hour.

Austria

Winter tyres are compulsory between 1/11 and 15/4 in case of wintery weather conditions. Minimum profile depth: 4 mm.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.  Maximum speed: 50km/hour.

Spain

Winter tyres are not generally compulsory, but are compulsory where signs are posted in certain regions.

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.

France

Winter tyres are not compulsory, but recommended when the roads are covered with snow or sleet. Compulsory in areas where ad hoc signs have been placed. Minimum profile depth: 3.5 mm.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign. Authorized on road covered with snow, prohibited on motorways. Maximum speed: 50km/hour.

Italy

Winter tyres are compulsory between 15/10 and 15/4 for vehicles that drive through Aosta Valley. Other places may oblige snow tyres (local signs) between 15/11 and 15/4. Snow chains in the trunk constitute an alternative to winter tyres.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.  Compulsory on board when using summer tyres between 15/11 and 15/4. Compulsory only on driving wheels. Maximum speed: 50 km/hour.

Luxembourg

Winter tyres are compulsory under wintery weather conditions.

Snow chains are not compulsory. Snow chains may be used only if the road is covered with snow or sleet. It suffices to use them on the driving wheels.

Czech Republic

Compulsory from 1 /11 to 31/3 if the roads are covered with snow or sleet on all wheels for vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes). Winter tyres are required when the temperature falls below  4°C or if there is a chance of snow or sleet on the road, even outside this period.

Minimum profile depth: 4  mm.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.  Compulsory also for four-wheel drive vehicles (if there is no exception indicated on signs).

Authorized if road is sufficiently covered with snow. Snow chains on driving wheels suffice.

Switzerland

The use of winter tyres is not compulsory. Nevertheless, if a vehicle is not equipped to drive on a snow-covered road, (no winter tyres, no snow chains, no spiked tyres) and it hinders traffic, the driver is liable for a fine.

Compulsory in areas where indicated by an ad hoc road sign This requirement applies also to 4-wheel drive vehicles.

 

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