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This section contains some recommendations from Pirelli technicians, to obtain the highest performance and safety from winter tyres.
When driving, avoid accelerating and braking suddenly, which could lead to loss of grip on snow- or ice-covered surfaces. Also, use the steering wheel smoothly.
Uniform equipment is essential to ensure optimum performance and safe driving.
Always use four winter tyres of the same make and with similar construction characteristics.
Inflation pressures must be checked regularly.
This check must be done when the tyres are cold. If necessary, adjust the pressure, still on the cold tyre. Use the pressure values indicated by the car manufacturer.
Pay attention to the speed limit imposed by the rating shown on the tyre's sidewall (on the outside).
If one wishes, the car can be equipped with winter tyres of lower speed rating than required; the speed should be adjusted accordingly.
The winter tyre's performance on snow remains optimum until the tread depth goes down to 4 mm. However, by law, it is permitted to circulate, also on winter tyres, until the tread depth goes down to 1.6 mm
Rotating the tyres makes it possible to wear the tread uniformly and contributes to maximising the tyres' life. Winter tyres should be rotated in the correct sequence every 8,000 to 10,000 km.
When not in use, the tyres should be stored, preferably inflated on rims, and the pressure should be checked periodically.
The best way to store them is vertically in a single row on shelves, at least 10 cm above ground level, with the sidewalls in vertical position, so as not to alter the profile.