Winter Tire FAQs

  • Are winter tires only for snow conditions?

    Winter tires are designed for optimal security on any winter road conditions – dry but frozen, rain, ice and snow. They should then be mounted on your vehicle as soon as the temperature falls consistently below 7° C.

  • When should I mount winter tires on my vehicle?

    It is recommended to mount winter tires as soon as the temperature remain consistently below 7° C

  • For security in winter, is it not enough to drive slowly and carefully?

    At any given speed, a winter tire will always be safer than a summer tire on a wet or cold road.

  • Don’t winter tires wear out faster than summer tires?

    Winter tire tread compounds last as long as summer’s, even though they are specifically designed for a maximum efficiency in winter conditions.

  • Is it not useless to mobilize additional tire budget to buy winter tires?

    The kilometers you will drive on winter tires are kilometers that your summer tires will save. Winter tires are usually of the same price if not lower than summer tires. Considering that you will need to buy at least one set of tires during the life of your vehicle, buying winter tires right from the beginning will represent the same money invested at the end, but you will benefit from a better performance in winter weather conditions and increased security.

  • What are the benefits of a winter tire?

    The tread rubber compound, essential tire item, can be compared to chewing gum. As soon as the outside temperature gets under 7° C, your tires tread rubber compound begins to harden like your chewing gum would. Winter tires are built with a specific tread rubber compound designed to keep your vehicle’s grip, traction and braking qualities at lower temperature to provide security on cold, icy and slippery roads

  • What is the price of Michelin winter tires?

    The price of a tire depends on the car needs & the product line (Michelin X-Ice Xi2, MICHELIN Primacy Alpin PA3, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3, Michelin Latitude X-Ice, etc.) and also the size of the rims on your vehicle. The selling retailer establishes pricing on tires. For pricing on our tires please contact your local participating dealer. A listing of dealers can be found by utilizing the dealer locator link on michelin-man.com or in your local Yellow Pages under the category – Tire Dealers Retail

  • Do I need to replace all of my 4 all season or summer tires with 4 winter tires?

    Yes. 4 tire winter installation is recommended to insure proper handling characteristics of the vehicle.

  • Are braking distances really conditioned by the weather?

    Braking distances can be up to eight times longer on winter roads. On a dry surface 8 meters will be required to stop a vehicle running at 50 km/h, 16 meters on wet, 32 meters on dry packed snow & 64 meters on ice

  • Do we have to check air pressure more often with winter tires?

    No, as with summer tires Michelin recommend that air pressure should be checked ounce a month. The lower the temperature, the lower the air pressure measured in a tire

  • How do we recognize a winter tire?

    Winter tire tread will show numerous sipes that will allow for a better control on winter driving conditions. They are marked with the severe snow marking (3 peak mountain with snowflake) and M+S marking on their sidewall

  • Can two different brands of winter tires be mounted on my vehicle?

    There is no legal obligation to mount 4 tires of the same brand on a given vehicle. However in order to optimize the performances of our products and obtain a perfect homogeneity between the front and rear axles, we recommend that 4 identical tires be mounted on a vehicle (same brand, same tire model, same load and speed indexes)

  • Why are MICHELIN tires are more expensive than their competitors?

    MICHELIN winter tires are built with the best materials and advanced technology to insure maximum security and driving pleasure into winter conditions

  • The garage mechanic told me that I need to change my rims to mount winter tires, is it true?

    No, if the size of the winter tires is the same as the summer tires, there is no obligation to change rims or wheels. If the size is different you may have to change rims. Check the size and diameter recommended for your car. On the other hand, buying additional rims can be an investment in reducing future fees of mounting and demounting

  • Can we use a lower speed index when mounting winter tires?

    It is quite common and permissible during winter driving to use a winter tire with a lesser speed rating than the O.E. tire. If a lower speed rated tire is selected, then the vehicle top speed becomes limited to that of the lower speed rating selected. The customer must be informed of the new speed restriction.

  • How important is air pressure for winter tires?

    Nothing has a greater impact on a tire's safety, performance, longevity, treadwear and even your overall vehicle handling and gas mileage than tire air pressure! Not only can the wrong air pressure damage your tires, it can also be dangerous. Underinflation can increase friction, causing your tires to generate excessive heat build up leading to potential failure. Overinflation makes your tires firmer and more prone to damage from potholes and other road hazards. Don't forget: your tires are your only contact with the road. If you want them to work well, make sure they're inflated properly!

  • What should be considered when using Winter Tires?

    It is recommended that winter tires be applied on all four positions. Winter tires can be installed only on the rear axle of a rear wheel drive vehicle. If winter tires are installed only on the rear axle of a rear wheel drive vehicle, vehicle stability may be significantly impacted. In winter conditions, the front axle will have significantly less traction and result in increased understeer. In dry and wet conditions the rear axle may have significantly less traction and results in increased oversteer. Winter tires may not be only installed on the front axle. If they are installed on the front axle of any vehicle, they MUST also be installed on the rear axle. Without winter tires on the rear, vehicle handling can be adversely affected. This may result in loss of vehicle control that could cause serious injury or death.