According to a survey carried out by the GIPA on behalf of the Syndicate of Tire Professionals (SPP), 58% of motorists questioned do not plan to change their tires when approaching the entry into force of the Mountain law. Manufacturers and professionals will therefore have to use pedagogy to convince drivers.

On November 1st, the Mountain law will impose the wearing of winter-marked tires (MS or 3PMSF), chains or snow socks, in departments located in mountain areas, until ???? as of March 31, 2022. A recurring obligation that will affect 48 departments, sometimes in full but sometimes only in part. Indeed, the selected geographic areas take mountain areas and not the departments as a reference. The prefects will be responsible for drawing up the list of the municipalities concerned in each department. An aspect that will not simplify things on the ground with motorists. However, the proximity of areas subject to this obligation could encourage residents of neighboring municipalities to equip themselves. Everything will undoubtedly depend on the level of police checks and the attitude of insurers in the event of an accident. In the meantime, manufacturers and professionals are relaying the message to inform and encourage motorists to equip themselves. To prepare for this deadline, the Syndicate of Tire Professionals (SPP) commissioned an investigation from the GIPA in order to obtain clarification on the perception of this future obligation and on the intentions of motorists.

The study was carried out on a panel of 2,500 drivers, including 300 located in white areas and 200 heavy rollers. These white zones concern 28 departments out of the 48 targeted by the Mountain Law. First lesson: 89% of respondents find it easy or rather easy to get around in winter. A rather surprising finding for Dominique Stempfel, president of the SPP, and Rà © gis Audugà ©, general manager of the professional organization. Beyond this overall feeling, 47% of people questioned say they never go to areas affected by the Mountain Law in winter. However, among the panel of 300 motorists living in white areas, almost 40% say they never go to a mountain area in winter. “These answers show that the notion of mountain area is vague and not really known, even among those who live there”, remarks Rà © gis Audugà ©. A finding that says a lot about the level of understanding of the law, even if the latter is well perceived or rather well perceived by 88% of respondents. Indeed, 47% of drivers think that the departments concerned are only those located in the high mountains. Thus, 58% of respondents do not plan to modify their tire equipment when the law comes into force. A decision which can also be explained by the fact that 66% of the motorists questioned believe they have all-season tires on their vehicle. “Our Sell Out sales figures clearly show that 77% of the passenger car tires sold are summer tires. All-season tires represent only 10% of annual sales, ”emphasizes Rà © gis Audugà ©, thus confirming the erroneous perception of drivers.

Motorists do not question the usefulness of winter and all-season tires, as 60% consider them useful or very useful. However, 85% of respondents never change their tires. Among the latter, 28% believe that the climate of their place of residence does not require such a change. However, “this law concerns not only the inhabitants of these areas but also passing motorists. We fear precipitation among professionals around October 31 and difficulties in terms of appointment deadlines and tire availability, ”observes Dominique Stempfel. Despite the initiatives planned by the SPP and the manufacturers to communicate with the general public, it seems likely to witness a belated awakening, caused by the first verbalizations. In the meantime, it is up to professionals to take this parameter into account when advising their clients. Winter sports enthusiasts might have a nasty surprise during their vacation.

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