Tyre laws in Germany
- According to German winter tyre law, winter tyres must be used in winter months. All weather tyres can be used around the year. All season tyres are also acceptable in winter months.
- Two Snow tyres and two regular tyres can be combined, but snow tyres must be on drive wheels. Two snow tyres and two regular tires may be used only if they are of the same type.
The tread depth of tyres must be at least 1.6 millimeters. Recommend is at least 3mm tread depth for summer tires and at least 4mm for winter tires. Too old tyres, and tyres which are apparently not in proper shape are also not allowed, even if they have required thread depth.
- Too old tyres means which are hard like solid rocks due to their age.
- Not in good shape tyres are with metal and textile strings visibility.
- Manufacturer recommended tyre size must be used. It's illegal to use other sizes without permissions. Also, the profile must be manufacturer recommended.
- Radial tyres and bias-ply tyres cannot be mixed. All four tyres must be the same (radial or bias-ply).
- There are a few hilly areas where snow chains are required. It's indicated by sign 268. Snow chains must be applied to the drive wheels of a vehicle. If you are intented to drive into an area where chains may be required, you should be sure to get the right snow chains for your vehicle beforehand. Snow chains can also be borrowed. Simply call German Automobile Club (ADAC) and they would guide you where snow chains can be borrowed near to your location.
This sign belongs to mandatory signs. It means only vehicles with snow chains are allowed to proceed. The speed limit on roads marked by this sign is 50 km/h (31 m/h).