Recommendations for using winter tyres

Weather conditions are considered to be winter ones, when there is snow, ice or slush on any stretch of the road, as well as if the road is wet in combination with the temperature of about or below  0 ° C , and daily average temperature is below 5-7 ° C.

  • Studded tyres are allowed for use from October 15 …
  • Obligatory use of winter tyres is from December1 through March 1
  • The tread depth for a winter tyre shall be minimum 3.0 millimeters, however, the recommended depth is 4.0 millimeters
  • It is required to drive your winter tyres around: smoothly move the car from the standstill, gradually gain the speed  and avoid  hard braking over a distance of  first 500 km
  • According to the standards established by the tyre producers, the winter tyre is a tyre bearing the symbol of a three-peak mountain with a snowflake inside
  • On a weekly basis, check and keep up the tyre pressure on the level recommended by the car manufacturer
  • To avoid skidding, tyres with less worn tread are always to be installed on the rare axle
  • Avoid overloading of the car
  • The cause of uneven tread wear shall be immediately repaired
  • Try to avoid bumps upon the tread, especially impacts against sharp objects
  • Antiskid chains are to be used only in hardly passable places
  • Avoid wheel slips at the beginning of movement
  • If the car skids sideways, immediately identify and eliminate the cause
  • Take care of yourself and of your nearest and dearest!

The table shows the requirements for winter and studded tyres for vehicles whose total weight does not exceed 3.5 tons.

 

European requirements to winter and studded tyres for motor cars
Country Winter tyres Studded tyres Anti-skid chains
Austria obligatory 1
01.11 — 15.04
allowed
01.10 — 31.05
allowed
01.10 — 31.05
Azerbaijan no legal requirement allowed
Albania no legal requirement allowed allowed
01.11 — 30.04
Andorra no legal requirement prohibited allowed
Armenia obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed allowed
Belarus obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed allowed
Belgium no legal requirement prohibited 2 allowed
Bulgaria obligatory 3
15.11 — 01.03
prohibited allowed
01.11 — 01.03
Bosnia and Herzegovina obligatory
15.11 — 15.04
prohibited allowed
01.11 — 15.04
Great Britain no legal requirement allowed allowed
Hungary no legal requirement prohibited allowed
Germany obligatory 1 prohibited allowed
Greece no legal requirement allowed allowed
Georgia no legal requirement allowed allowed
Denmark no legal requirement allowed
01.11 — 15.04
allowed
Ireland no legal requirement allowed allowed
Island obligatory
01.11 — 14.04
allowed
01.11 — 14.04
allowed
Spain no legal requirement allowed
15.11 — 31.03
allowed
Italy no legal requirement allowed
15.11 — 15.03
allowed
Cyprus no legal requirement allowed allowed
Latvia obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed
01.10 — 30.04
allowed
Lithuania obligatory
10.11 — 31.03
allowed
01.11 — 09.04
allowed
Luxembourg obligatory 1 allowed
01.12 — 31.03
allowed
Malta no legal requirement
Moldavia obligatory 1
01.12 — 01.03
allowed
01.12 — 01.03
The Netherlands no legal requirement prohibited prohibited
Norway no legal requirement allowed
01.11 — 15.04
allowed
Poland no legal requirement prohibited allowed
Portugal no legal requirement prohibited allowed
Russia obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed allowed
Romania obligatory 1
01.11 — 31.03
prohibited allowed
Nothern Macedonia obligatory 1
15.11 — 15.03
prohibited allowed
15.10 — 15.03
Serbia obligatory 1
01.11 — 01.04
prohibited allowed
Slovakia obligatory 1
15.11 — 31.03
prohibited allowed
Slovenia obligatory
15.11 — 15.03
prohibited allowed
Turkey obligatory 1 prohibited allowed
Ukraine no legal requirement allowed allowed
Finland obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed
01.11 — 15.04
allowed
France no legal requirement allowed
10.11 — 31.03
allowed
Croatia obligatory 1
15.11 — 15.04
prohibited allowed
Montenegro obligatory 1
15.11 — 01.04
prohibited allowed
Czech Republic obligatory 1
01.11 — 31.03
prohibited allowed
Switzerland no legal requirement allowed 4
01.11 — 30.04
allowed
Sweden obligatory 1
01.12 — 31.03
allowed
01.10 — 15.04
allowed
Estonia obligatory
01.12 — 01.03
allowed
15.10 — 31.03
allowed

 

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