Many motorists are not aware of the existence of separate tyres for summer and winter road conditions, perhaps due to the every-changing British climate that can offer the full spectrum of seasons in a single day. In many European countries, however, it is a legal requirement to ensure that your car is fitted with appropriate winter tyres during the colder months.
Winter weather brings increased challenges to the motorist. Wet and icy conditions significantly increase braking distances, and tyres with inappropriate tread for the road conditions can compromise your safety and that of your passengers. Until recently, drivers have had to choose to fit either winter tyres or all-season tyres to achieve the required levels of grip on icy or wet roads; however, the Michelin X Climate car tyre now offers an alternative option.
Designed as a summer tyre, the Michelin X Climate is the first of its kind to offer winter certification. Most countries demand a winter tyre tread depth of at least 3mm, although some countries now insist on a minimum of 4mm. This makes the tyre better at gripping the road, even when conditions are unfavourable, such as in snow, rain and icy weather. Winter tyres need to demonstrate superior grip, along with shorter braking distances in both wet and dry conditions.
All tyres suitable for use in winter have identifying markings on the sidewall. Look out for the Mud and Snow logo, which is often displayed as an M+S symbol, although it may appear as M&S, M.S, MS or M-S. Where a tyre a considered suitable for severe weather conditions, it may also display the triple peak mountain snowflake symbol or 3PMSF.
Designed as a summer tyre, the Michelin X Climate is the first of its kind to achieve 3PMSF accreditation, making it the perfect choice for anyone who does not want the hassle of seasonal tyre changes. If you plan to drive on the continent, the Michelin X Climate is the perfect choice, taking you from summer road conditions right through to the rigours of winter driving.
Manufactured from an intelligent mix of compounds, the Michelin X Climate tyre incorporates unique design features that offer superior grip and road holding, no matter what the driving conditions; in fact, in a resounding endorsement, the Michelin X Climate tyre was awarded the title Best New Product or Service for 2016 by Fleet News.
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