Two new homologations, WINTER SOTTOZEROTM 3 and CINTURATOTM P7TM, for the new Volkswagen Passat at its Paris MotorShow debut.
Not just when it snows
“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 tyres. Very few people know that, at a temperature of 7°C or below, even the best summer tyres gradually lose their road holding capabilities, compromising stability and braking performance.
Winter tyres 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 tyres.
Italian drivers and insiders call them “thermal tyres”, or “snow tyres”. In english they are simply “winter tyres”. They are easily recognisable with the initials M+S (Mud & Snow) plus a symbol of a mountain with a snowflake on the sidewall.