Driving Guide

MICHELIN winter tyres. Your safety is our priority.

Michelin 15 Mar 2011

Winter tyre

MICHELIN winter tyres provide better performance in winter conditions(1). For safe and precise driving, MICHELIN recommends that you equip your vehicle with a complete set of winter tyres. Even at slower speeds, fitting winter tyres on just the driven wheels could make the vehicle feel unstable, increasing the possibility of veering off course. Therefore, for optimal safety for yourself and your passengers, fit winter tyres in complete vehicle sets. This gives your vehicle a well balanced, stable feel and provides greater steering precision.

Get better performance with MICHELIN winter tyres(1).

Whether your winters are light or extreme, you need to have complete confidence in the quality of your tyres. Your safety is our priority. The MICHELIN winter tyre range will match your needs, keep you mobile and provide optimal safety on wet, snow-covered or icy roads in winter.

Perfect for European winters

Carrying the ‘three peak mountain/snowflake’ sidewall marking, MICHELIN winter tyres have been perfected to suit European winter driving conditions. When temperatures fall, MICHELIN winter tyre rubber compounds stay flexible. This means braking distances are significantly shorter(1) and their superior grip helps you keep control.

Winter tyres provide greater safety and performance

Winter tyres use a higher proportion of natural rubber, along with silica-based compounds to maintain flexibility in cold conditions. MICHELIN Alpin, for instance, uses a compound containing sunflower oil for better grip on wet, snowy and icy roads. Winter tyres are designed for a wide range of winter road surfaces, and provide improved braking, traction and better control than summer or all-season tyres on snow-covered and icy roads.

Good to know

The tyre is your only contact with the road.

The area of the tyre in contact with the road is equivalent to the size of the palm of your hand. As tyres are your only contact with wet, snowy and icy roads, choose the most suitable winter tyres for your vehicle.

Fitting and removal

Michelin recommends that you leave fitting, removing and balancing of winter tyres to the experts. They will have the right equipment and techniques to ensure your safety.

Snowflake shoulder markings

Snowflake-shaped shoulder markings on MICHELIN winter tyres indicate the position of winter tread wear indicators—which are in addition to the standard 1.6 mm tread wear indicators. Winter tread wear indicators at 4 mm (only in some European countries) .The intermediary tread wear indicator indicates a remaining tread depth of 4 mm. Thanks to MICHELIN 3D sipes on the full tread depth , the tyre maintains its winter performance below this indicator.

To bear in mind for winter

As temperatures fall, so does tyre pressure. Check your tyre pressures as temperatures begin to drop.

Slowly, slowly take control

To avoid wheel spinning when pulling away on snow, it is essential to accelerate very gradually.

Braking on ice and snow

Try to brake gradually to stop the wheels locking. If the wheels lock up, the vehicle will slide and go out of control. If this happens, release the brake pedal to recover traction, then use engine braking along with with the brake pedal.
(1) Compared to non-winter tyres.
  • car
  • 4x4 / suv
  • van / motorhome