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There are special markings on a tyre that indicate whether they are winter or all season tyres. Easy to spot, these symbols are located on the sidewall of the tyres.
The 3PMSF symbol indicates that the tyres are both reliable and safe for driving in snow.
The 3PMSF marking is awarded by a certified laboratory.
To qualify for this marking, the tyre must have been tested according to a standardised regulatory method and performed to a satisfactory standard in terms of both mobility and safety on snow.
This symbol is increasingly becoming the norm for recognising a good winter tyre.
The 3PMSF symbol (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake) is easily recognisable: a snowflake surrounded by 3 mountain peaks. By regulation, it is always accompanied by the M+S marking.
M+S means mud and snow.
This marking indicates that the tyre is better suited to snowy or muddy roads than standard models (summer tyres).
Be aware that this marking does not require passing a certified test and is entirely up to the manufacturer.
Marking indicating that the tyre is, according to European rulings, a “snow” tyre but performances under winter conditions have not been subject to testing. Regulations are evolving, and it is the 3PMSF marking that is becoming the norm in Europe today.
“Nordic” or “ICE” tyres are designed for driving in the most extreme conditions. They are specifically engineered for driving on icy roads, on hard-packed snow and in very low temperatures. No specific symbols exist for these tyres, apart from the standard M+S and 3PMSF markings.
Studded tyres are used only in icy and packed snow conditions. They should not be used in contact with the road surface.
Which winter tyres are the safest? Some helpful tips from Michelin: to choose the best winter tyres for you, you must take into consideration where you live, the kind of driving you do, the make and model of your car and the tyre dimensions.
What are winter tyres? What are their strengths and why are they important? Learn why snow tyres are an essential investment for the winter season.
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