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Winter tires compulsory: safe on the road in snow and ice

When do I have to put on winter tires? What fine is there if I don't? What applies to all-season tires? Here are the most important questions about mandatory winter tires in Germany.

  • In Germany, there is a situational winter tire requirement

  • Motorcycles are excluded from this

  • A residual profile of 1.6 mm is required, 4 mm is recommended

In which period does the winter tire requirement apply?

A general Winter tires compulsory does not exist in Germany, instead onesituational. This means that in winter road conditions, i.e. black ice, slippery snow, slush, slippery ice or frost, you can only drive with winter tires. The rule of thumb from October to Easter (O to O) is a rough guide, but has no legal relevance.

The situational winter tire requirement is deemed to have been met ifin all wheel positions, so on all four wheels, Winter tires are mounted.

How do I recognize a winter tire?

You can recognize current winter tires by theAlpine symbol, a mountain pictogram with a snowflake. In addition, tires are valid until September 30, 2024M + S marking as suitable for winter if they have been manufactured by December 31, 2017.

What fine is there without winter tires?

The violation will be for the driver with aFine of 60 euros punished, others are disabled 80 euros. There is also a point in Flensburg. The holder threatens 75 euros and also a point.

Are there any exceptions to the winter tire requirement?

The winter tire requirement applies among others for the following vehicles Not:

  • single-track motor vehicles (for example motorcycles)

  • Commercial vehicles for agriculture and forestry

  • motorized wheelchairs as defined in Section 2 number 13 FZV

What is the minimum profile required for winter tires?

The one required by lawMinimum tread depth is also for winter tires1.6 millimeters. For safety reasons, however, the ADAC recommends at least four millimeters. Likewise, an exchange after at the latestsix years, because then the rubber compound is so hard has become that the "grip" decreases at low temperatures.

Are all-season tires sufficient also in winter?

All-season tires are winter tires in the legal sense if theyAlpine"Icon orthe M + S marking (in the transition period mentioned above). If neither of the two markings is present, it is not a year-round tire but a summer tire.

What if I have an accident with summer tires in winter?

Then in the event of an accident due to gross negligence Comprehensive insurance benefits be shortened. Even with theLiability insurance there can be problems because, depending on the individual case, you have to allow contributory negligence to be taken into account.

Are winter tires mandatory for rental cars?

Car rental companies are obliged to provide a vehicle thatroadworthy and ready to drive is. This is not the case if you rent a vehicle with summer tires in winter road conditions. Otherwise the renter can refuse to take over the vehicle.

The car rental company, as the owner, also faces a fine if he hands over a vehicle without winter tires in winter conditions. Car rental companies often charge an additional fee for winter tires.

Can I also drive winter tires in summer?

Because the legislature does not expressly prohibit driving with winter tires in summer, you can generally continue to drive them in summer. That this is in the interests of securityanything but useful you can see here: winter tires in summer

What applies to a flat tire?

Who changes the car tire after a breakdown andonly one summer tire included has no need to fear punishment. With this makeshift, the journey may initially be continued carefully; However, a winter tire must be fitted at the next opportunity.

Compulsory winter tires abroad: What do I have to consider?

In other countries, different rules apply to the use of winter tires and snow chains. What inAustria, Switzerland, Italy(South Tyrol) and other European countries, you should clarify before traveling to the respective country. The exactWinter tire regulations abroad you can find here: Winter tires abroad

Recommendation of the ADAC

  • In the cold season, always mount tires with the abbreviation "M + S" (pay attention to the transition period mentioned above) or the "Alpine" symbol, not only because of the winter tire regulations. Primarily it is about Your own safety and those of the passengers. Also consider: the consequences of a small "slip" can cost many times more than a set of winter tires.

  • Only if the weather conditions allow give up his car does not have to worry about the topic or buy a second set of tires. You should be aware that the weather can change unexpectedly even in classic regions with little winter.

  • Orientate yourself with Tire purchase based on the ADAC test results. Not every winter or all-season tire is equally suitable for all operating conditions.

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