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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 stock at Carmasters, please make your appointment via the Carmasters website.

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 mid-October and mid-March.

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.

Winter tyres
In general, in the alpine countries, winter tyres are NOT compulsory. However, it is compulsory to have skid chains in the car at all times, and to mount them as soon a this is indicated by a road sign.

Except Germany: Winter tyres are compulsory in case of snowy weather conditions only.
Therefore, winter tyres are compulsory in case of snowy weather conditions only. For that reason, you should check the weather forecasts before your departure and, if necessary, have winter tyres or all-season tyres mounted.

In Germany, you risk a penalty of EUR 20.00 when your tyres are not adapted. In case you hinder traffic, another EUR 40.00 is added on top of that. When involved in an accident, the use of unsuitable tyres could lead to a joint liability. The same applies whilst driving with tyres with an insufficient profile depth during rainy weather conditions.

Snow chains
In most countries the use of spiked tyres and snow chains are regulated and, in certain places, indicated by specific traffic signs.

Summary

Country

Winter tyres

Snow chains

Germany

Winter or “all season” tyres are highly recommended in case of snow.

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.

Austria

Compulsory from 1/11 to 15/4 on snowy or icy roads. Minimum tread of 4 mm for radial tyres and 5 mm for cross-ply tyres.

Between 1/11 and 15/4, they may replace winter tyres on roads completely covered in ice or snow. Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign. For any long journey made with summer tyres, it is compulsory to carry snow chains in the trunk.

Spain

Not compulsory

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.

France

Where indicated by an ad hoc road sign, with a panel stating “snow tyres permitted”, snow tyres may be used in place of chains.

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.

Italy

Compulsory in Val Aosta from 15/10 to 15/4. Alternative: snow chains in the trunk.

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign. Alternative: snow tyres are also accepted.

Luxembourg

Compulsory since October 2012 in winter weather conditions (ice, snow, slush,...)

Never compulsory.

Czech Republic

Compulsory from 1/11 to 30/4 where indicated by road signs signalling “winter equipment compulsory”.

Compulsory where indicated by an ad hoc road sign.

 

Good to know

There is no point fitting winter tyres to only 2 wheels of your vehicle. This could even be dangerous, as it will effectively result in a difference in adhesion between your front and rears wheels.