Do not ever underestimate the importance of the tires on your vehicle. Driving your car is likely going to be the most dangerous thing that you do today. There are 1.3 million people that die in a car crash each year, which equates to approximately 3,287 deaths each day. This statistic only highlights the deaths of individuals; there are another 20-50 million people that are injured or disabled from car accidents. While there are a number of causes of these accidents, tires can either truly help or hurt your ability to drive. Good tires can give you the traction that you need to have control of your vehicle. It is very important that you rotate and change your tires regularly, but it is also important that you choose the right tire. Here are a few different tires and why a tire can help you with your traction so much:
Most of the time you are going to be driving in good conditions, but a good all around summer tire is going to increase your traction and control. This type of tire is engineered with a hard rubber. However, this rubber is designed to get just a little bit sticky when it heats up. The stickiness actually adds a great deal of traction to your driving experience.
The rubber that goes into winter tires is much softer than that of summer tires. Hard tires would be a lot like a hockey puck on ice. The rubber that goes into building winter tires is much softer. This allows the tire to flex and give you more traction. The winter tires will often have microcrystals built into the tire. These little micro-crystals will significantly increase your traction on icy terrain. If you put on a set of winter tires and start driving in the snow and ice, you are going to recognize a huge increase in control and traction.
If you look at a lot of the vehicles that go off-roading, you are going to notice a very big and wide tread. The tread is built to grab unconsolidated sand and soil, but the tread is built very wide so the velocity of the tires can eject the soil. The rubber is soft and built to give you as much possible traction on rock and uneven surfaces. There is a tire for every type of driving, so ask your tire service shop expert to put on the best tires possible.