Did you know that changing over your winter and summer tires at the right time not only makes your journey safer but can also save you money? Our blog has lots of helpful hints and tips on seasonal tire changing.
The rule of thumb is that you change your tires over in Easter and October. You should normally switch to your winter tires in October. There’s an exception to every rule, however, so always check the latest weather reports. It can still snow at Easter, while winter sometimes sets in earlier than you think.
Changing your wheel means swapping over the whole wheel including the rim. Strictly speaking, changing over your summer or winter tires usually means changing your wheels. A tire change just means removing the old tire from the rim and swapping it for a new one.
Only genuine winter tires – look out for the snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tires – provide adequate safety on wet, icy, or snowy roads.
The law stipulates a minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimeters for summer tires. AXA’s Research & Prevention unit recommends replacing summer tires when they have a remaining tread depth of 3 millimeters; that’s because the safety-related handling characteristics start to deteriorate at an early stage.
The statutory minimum tread depth for winter tires is likewise 1.6 millimeters. However, we recommend you change your tires when the tread depth reaches 4 millimeters. Also, if your tires are unevenly worn, you could incur a penalty in the event of a police check – regardless of tread depth. Tip: If you’re unsure, speak to your local garage.
According to the Touring-Club Suisse (TCS), tread depth is a key factor in terms of road safety. Tires with reduced tread depth are generally better in “enthusiastic” driving, as they make evasive maneuvers or emergency stops easier at the limit. However, only winter tires have sufficient grip at cold times of the year. You should therefore have the right tires fitted at all times of the year.
By regularly checking your tire pressure. Insufficient tire pressures make driving more dangerous, while increasing wear and tear. Consult your manual for information on the correct tire pressures. The degree of wear will obviously depend on your style of driving as well: The rule of thumb is that the slower you drive, the less worn your tires will be.