Best Tires for Rain

Category: Tires & Accessories 
Written by: Teddy C. 

The rainy months can be a harrowing experience if not planned for. The gales of wind push your car side to side as heavy rain beats down on the road. Making a turn means losing traction and braking takes longer and more distance. Everything has to be done with a bit more caution and confidence than normal. The best way to plan for this is to get good rain tires for your car. Good tires will reduce the chances of hydroplaning and make it safer to be on the road when rain starts. As the road becomes wet and slick it does not take much to start hydroplaning. You do not need to be speeding or doing an insane turn. Instead, all you need to do is press the brakes a little too quickly and lose a little bit too much traction and then you will be sliding uncontrollably on the road. There are many different tire brands that can successfully help you in the rain but what you need to know is what to look for. There are three main aspects to consider when buying rain resistant tires: grooves, sipes, and the tread design.

Find a tire that has a circumferential groove in the tire. These grooves allow water to pass through and get your tires back on the road. Look for tires with multiple circumferential grooves. You will want as many as four grooves in them so ensure that rain water is constantly displaced. These little modifications are all that it takes to keep you safe in the rain so keep an eye out for them.

Sipes are the tiniest little difference in a tire that can mean everything in the rain. They are little slits on a tire tread that soak up water. You can never have too many sipes on a tire and the more the better. They act like a sponge and will keep your treads dry enough to keep traction. Stay on the road with the help of as many little sipes as you can get on a tire.

Some treads are better in dry weather and some are better in wet weather. A good idea is to get a tire that combines both designs. A tire that has a good tread for dry weather on the outside and treads for wet weather on the inside will keep you safe in any conditions. If you have tires that are specially only for wet weather then you will lose a lot of traction whenever it is not wet and raining. This is a dangerous sacrifice to make.

Member Comments


  • usually the better tires to have in the rain are those with a wider base and groves the with push the water away.
     
    Comment by: Cedric M.
     
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