In what situations should we opt for rain tires?
So-called rain tires are especially recommended for use in certain localities or locations especially exposed to precipitation. Those drivers who reside in areas with a particularly humid climate will gain extra safety by using these types of tires instead of summer or mixed tires. The possibility of opting for the latter should always be taken into account in the case of residing or working in an occasionally changing climate area. If this is your case, we recommend that you read this article to review the different models available in the market.
Why to opt rain tires?
Rain tires are made to withstand especially low temperatures and very humid climates without these factors affecting safety or driving quality. This is why many drivers opt for these types of tires during the colder months of the year, especially if they have to hit the road regularly. In addition, we advise you to exercise extreme caution on rainy days and drive with special care, trying to avoid driving at high speeds or making sharp turns. Despite the fact that these types of tires provide an extra grip and stability to your vehicle, the risk of an accident also largely depends on the quality of your driving. When it comes to
Aquaplaning: do not overlook this situation
One of the most dangerous effects produced by rain is known as aquaplaning. It can occur when driving at a certain speed along sections of the road that have accumulated water. The function of the tire tread is to expel the water towards the sides of the wheel, thus clearing the tread area that is the one that provides adherence to the vehicle. When the tread pattern of the tire is unable to evacuate the accumulated amount of water, the tire loses contact with the pavement and slides floating on the water. The appearance of the aquaplaning effect will depend on the capacity of water evacuation that the tires have, which is measured in liters per second and on the speed at which you drive.
your safety, every precaution is little
In anticipation of rain, it is important to check the tire tread pressure and depth as well as the condition of the windscreen wiper blades and air diffusers. We will pay special attention during the first drops of rain that fall. The accumulation of dust and grease from vehicles on the road causes a very slippery layer of dirt to form with the first drops.
With the wet road the tires lose grip increasing the distance necessary to brake, so we will reduce speed and increase the safety distance. Wet brakes can also lose effectiveness, especially when going through areas with large accumulations of water. Driving in the rain is more demanding and tiring for the driver, so we will make rest stops more frequently. Water tires are immediately recognizable because their lugs are larger and are further apart from each other. The tire compound is softer, which increases grip under water. Rrain tires are often usually narrower than dry tires.