When Wet Traction Matters

Saturday, June 19, 2010 by Arnold Farias
Earlier this week, I was driving home from work in the pouring rain. Since most of my driving to and from work is on the bypass, I get very apprehensive about driving in the rain. My last set of tires had horrible wet traction and was susceptible to hydroplaning and sliding when coming on and off the bypass.

Regardless of whether you are looking for a performance tire or touring tire, today's tread compounds and designs can offer exceptional wet traction. One important note, if only replacing two tires it is recommended you place them on the rear axle for better traction, particularly in the wet.
The 
HydroEdge with Green X radial features a low-rolling  resistance 
silica-based tread compound molded into a directional tread  design to 
blend dry and wet road traction with long wear.


For passenger vehicles, the Michelin Hydroedge with Green X,



 
The Assurance TripleTred radials have an intermediate water zone  with 
carved Aquachutes to direct water away from under the tire tread to  
maintain more contact with the road in the rain.

and the Goodyear Assurance Triple Tred,




have exceptional wet traction. Notice the directional, v-shaped tread design that helps shoot water away from the tire. This is an important feature for effective wet traction.

In the summer performance categories, the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 seem to have succeeded in providing exceptional wet traction. In the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the same goes for the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position. In my opinion, these are the tires with the best wet traction.

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