Too much of the time, tires just don’t get a lot of thought…but they’re your sole connection between your car and the road. At no time is that connection more important than when wet weather hits. You can argue that most tires are essentially the same…polyester fabric, steel belts, compound of rubber, silica and carbon black…but there’s much more to it than that. Things like tread pattern, tread design and grooves all make a huge difference in wet-weather driving, and can improve your car’s traction and margin of safety. The enemy, of course, is hydroplaning – a film of water between your tread and pavement that can actually break contact with the road and send your car out of control.
An excellent choice for control and traction on wet pavement is the Michelin Pilot Sport A-S +, with aggressive direction ...[more]Read More
The Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season is a perfect example of what tire technology can achieve, circa 2013.
The Eagle F1 All Season was developed with carbon fiber reinforced rubber compounds in the sidewalls, for rigidity and enhanced maneuverability, while the tread area itself is reinforced with DuPont Kevlar® fibers for noise suppression and ride quality. The all-season tread zone is designed for optimum traction in rain and light snow, with precise steering and cornering ability; a rim protector also helps protect wheels against scuffs or scrapes in accidental curb damage. And while just about all all-season tires feature sipes for traction, the Eagle F1 is designed with Goodyear’s innovative TredLock Technology – a system of microgrooves that multiply the tire’s biting surfaces for wet traction, and lock together for a confident grip while cornering. Aquachutes and wide grooves help clear wat ...[more]Read More