Driving advice

This section offers advice from Pirelli technicians as to how to get the best from your winter tires, in terms of performance and safety.

Drive smoothly

When driving avoid sharp acceleration, sudden steering action or braking, to minimize loss of traction on snow or ice.

Always fit four winter tires

For optimum performance and safety, it is essential that all four tires are the same. Always use four winter tires of the same brand, and with the same construction features. Fit tires of the same size on the same axle, with the same characteristics of use, tread pattern and conditions of wear. The use of studded tires, where permitted, must be extended to all four wheels. Consult the owner's manual for the correct load capacity and speed rating of the tires to be used.

Check tire pressures regularly

Inflation pressures must be checked regularly and carried out when the tires are cold. If necessary correct the pressure again, when the tire is cold. Keep to the pressures indicated by the vehicle manufacturer. Note, pressures change in relation to the external temperature: a pressure of 29 PSI measured at 70°F drops to 24 PSI at 20°F, and would drop further to 22 PSI at 0°F (a change of 25%).

Check the speed limit

Pay attention to the speed limit indicated by the rating on the tire sidewall. Optionally, the vehicle may be fitted with tires of a lower speed rating than what came as OE, in this case the vehicle maximum speed must be reduced to the tire maximum rated speed.

Check the tread frequently

The performance of winter tires remains effective down to a tread depth of 5/32". Below this level they are no longer adequate for winter use but can be used as summer tires down to the main tread minimum legal limit, set at 2/32".

Store them carefully

When winter tires are not being used, they should preferably be kept on wheel rims and inflated, and the pressures checked regularly. If stored without rims, they must be stacked on their sides no more than four per stack so that they are not deformed by the weight.

Rotate winter tires every 5,000-7,000 miles according to the vehicle manufacturer or industry guidelines.