What is the snowflake symbol?

Symbols on winter tyres

You can recognize winter tyres by their pattern, but also by the 3 Peak Mountain SnowFlakee (3PMSF) symbol. In 2010 the 3PMSF symbol (supported with official text) is officially recognized by the European Union. Winter tyres with snowflake symbol are also available for SUVs and 4×4-vehicles.

VACO-advice: tyres with 3PMSF symbol

VACO advices drivers to purchase winter tyres that are provided with a snowflake symbol. Tyres with the 3PMSF symbol meet requirements for grip on snow in practical tests of the European Union for grip on snow and these tyres have more traction on snowy surfaces and on slippery roads than tyres without this symbol.