Why are some tires better for rain?

November 27, 2018

Since old tires don’t perform as well as new tires in the rain, now is the perfect time to get them checked. A quick inspection can keep your family safe this rainy season.

According to AAA, wet pavement contributes to 1.2 million car accidents each year in the U.S. Some tires are guaranteed to stop yards before others in the rain, but what makes a new tire better than a worn tire in the rain?

A tire’s wet traction depends on a couple different factors: the tire’s tread design, and the chemical components used in its construction. Engineers have created both to optimize your ability to stop and turn safely in the rain.

Tires that are worn lose the ability to perform in wet conditions. Without proper water evacuation, your car could fishtail off the road, or even fail to stop in an emergency. While most tires may have had all these features when they were new, worn tires slowly lose them over time. Because of our lack of rain, drivers here in Southern California may not notice when their tires are worn until they drive in the rain.

Not only does the tread wear down, but the rubber additives that make your tires stick to the road become less potent with time. When your tires are old, these chemical compounds are compromised, making your tires less effective in wet conditions.

To help our customers address this problem before it becomes a serious danger, we decided to reach out to a local tire expert, Jason Nash, who says “Too many people wait until it rains to get new tires. We encourage everyone to be proactive, and address this danger before it affects their safety, and the safety of their families.”

If you aren’t sure whether your tires are rain-ready, it may be time to take them into your tire shop and have them checked. If there isn’t a problem with your tires, you’ll walk away assured that you and your family are safe. If your tires are worn, a replacement set can be the difference between a dangerous accident, and a normal commute this rainy season.