"I only use it in town anyway", "This year it won’t snow much". "I drive slowly"… These are the most common excuses for not fitting winter tires. Very few people know that, at a temperature of 45°F or below, even the best summer tires gradually lose their road holding capabilities, compromising stability and braking performance.

Winter tires for car, SUVs, 4x4s should be fitted in autumn for confident driving in all weather conditions, without the need to fit chains. Formulated with specific compounds that are ideal for use in low temperatures, they have a specific tread pattern which helps reduce the risk of aquaplaning. This gives traction and safety, even on snow, and enables notably shorter braking distances: -10% in rain at low temperatures and -20% on snow compared with summer tires.

They have been known as "snow tires", although they are more properly referred to as "winter tires", and will have a variation of M & S (Mud & Snow) on the sidewall. Tires suitable for more severe snow conditions will have a 3 peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall.

If you're in the cold season you can not do without winter tires for car, SUVs or 4x4s. Discover the Pirelli winter tire collection.