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How to check the winter tyres wear?

It is important to often check the wear of your tyres to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Here are a few answers to questions you might have on this topic.

Do winter tyres wear more quickly than summer tyres?

No, winter tyres do not wear more quickly than other tyres. The rubber is indeed different but it is comparable in durability.

When should I check the wear of my winter tyres?

The aspect of your tyre should be checked regularly, during car maintenance for example. After 5 years, a tyre specialist should check your tyre every year. After 10 years, tyres should be replaced.

When should I replace my winter tyres?

Winter tyres should be replaced when the legal tread wear indicator is reached (1.6mm remaining tread depth). In addition, for MICHELIN winter tyres, a marking in the shape of a snow flake on the tyre sidewall indicates the location of a wear indicator at 4mm remaining tread depth. This intermediate wear indicator is useful to support users in some European countries with special winter regulation. Nevertheless, thanks to the MICHELIN 3D sipes on the full tread depth, Michelin winter tyres maintain their winter performance below this indicator.

One last tip for the trip

When driving with winter tyres in cold weather, you should check your pressure at least once a month. Do not reduce pressure when inflating as it might affect your driving performance. For example, if a tyre has a pressure of 2 bar (29 psi) at 20 °C, the pressure may be only 1.8 bar (26 psi) at 0 °C.

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