Tips for driving in the winter

In Germany, there is no explicit legal obligation that you have to drive with ice and snow with winter tires. However, in the case of accidents with insufficient tires, it is certainly possible for shared liability to continue; furthermore, car insurance can refuse performance due to gross negligence. As of 01.01.2006, the following was added to the German Road Traffic Act (§2 (3a)): "In the case of motor vehicles, the equipment must be adapted to the weather conditions, including in particular suitable tires and anti-freeze in the windscreen washer system".

The advantages of winter tires

German motorists are now increasingly relying on winter tires during the cold season. And for good reason: the well-adhering summer tires are less suitable for winter operation, because the temperatures drop below plus seven degrees, the adhesion properties of the tires decrease rapidly. Winter tires, on the other hand, then run to top form. With their special rubber compound, they offer a shorter braking distance, better grip, more lateral guidance and thus greater safety. Before winter tires are used, you should always take a look at the profile - if they no longer have a sufficient profile, they are no longer suitable for winter use. The tread depth should not be less than four millimeters and the tires should be no older than six years.

What should be carried in the car in winter?

  • Gloves, ice scraper, blanket
  • De-icing for the windscreen
  • Jumper cable, tow rope
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