I purchased these tires to replace a set of tires I installed on my car 18 months ago (BF Goodrich Advantage TA). The Goodrich tires are the worst tires I have ever driven on (and I've been driving cars for over 30 years). They only had 13,000 miles on them at the time I replaced them, but they were so bad in the wet that I could not take the risk any longer. They would hydroplane routinely and break looses in the wet all the time (whether coming off a light or entering/exiting a turn(. It just came down to the fact that I found them to be unsafe. I thought this background would be helpful as I choose the Continental DWS after extensive research looking for a better wet handling tire. While I only have 500 miles on the tires so far, I can say that the difference between the two is night and day. The Conti's are actually hard to break loose in the wet - even if I floor the car. I am so pleased with these that they will be on the top of my list when I need to replace tires on the other cars in my household. Very impressive wet traction and very good in dry as well.