Have you planned to go to the mountains but are hesitating between winter tyres, socks or snow chains? Discover our guide.
Since November 1, motorists traveling or living in mountainous regions must now install winter tires on their vehicle, as part of the Mountain Law. A measure aimed at reducing the risk of accidents related to bad weather and bad road conditions in winter, which will be in effect until next March. If no penalty is applied this year, in order to give everyone time to get used to it, it is therefore mandatory to install specific tires on your vehicle. However, it is also possible to replace these with socks or snow chains, which you must then have in your trunk in case of control by the police. But then, which is the best choice between these three alternatives? Auto-Moto offers you its complete guide.
Winter tyres: more practical and versatile
Able to be kept throughout the winter season, winter tires are particularly practical if you live in an area that is often snowy or cold. Indeed, it is recommended to install these rubbers as soon as the temperature drops permanently below the 7° mark, and to remove them for summer tires when it rises. Once in place, the winter tires therefore no longer need to be touched, thus giving you some peace of mind. Very reassuring, they can nevertheless be expensive, since they must at least be installed in pairs, for optimal adhesion.
Winter tires: the editor’s choice
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 M+S – 106,17 €
Michelin Alpine 6 – from €91.92
Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance + – 144,99 €
Snow socks: for occasional travelers
Significantly less expensive than winter tires and chains, snow socks are an excellent alternative for cars that only travel in the mountains occasionally. Easy to install and taking up almost no space in the trunk, they are also versatile, being able to be used on snow and ice but also on asphalt, without however doing it for too long. However, they have a much shorter lifespan than chains, and are not all approved to be in line with the B26 panel.
Snow Socks: Editor’s Choice
Michelin Evo 6 textile socks – 69,00 €
Goodyear textile socks – 68,28 €
Chaussettes textile Weinstock – 40,00 €
Snow chains: for tough conditions
Unlike winter tires or socks, which can also be used on asphalt, chains cannot only be installed for driving on snow or ice. If they are therefore less versatile, they nevertheless offer a much higher level of grip than the two solutions mentioned above, and therefore a better level of safety. On the other hand, they require more technique for installation, although there are now simpler automatic tensioning systems. So be sure to choose the model that suits you best, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Snow Chains: Editor’s Choice
Michelin Fast Grip – 363,50 €
Michelin Easy Grip Evolution Evo 7 – 104,29 €
Goodyear snow chains – 34,34 €
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