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Winter tire markings & winter laws in Europe


During the winter months ahead, we can expect to face icy temperatures and slippery road surfaces. Drivers need to make sure their tires are up to the mark, especially in those European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland where winter tires are a legal requirement for driving in black ice, hard-packed snow and slush or in icy and frosty conditions. Of course, we can’t plan the weather, so it makes sense to be prepared by changing to winter tires from October to Easter or when the temperature falls below 7 ºC.

Winter tire markings


Definitions of the "Snowflake-on-the-Mountain" and M+S symbols and how consumers receive the best safety on winter roads - Continental recommends.

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