How high-quality tires can help protect from hydroplaning

Nokian WR G4

Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning, such as the polished lateral and inside grooves found in Nokian eNTYRE 2.0, an all-season tire that evacuates water from between the tire and the road by accelerating its flow from the main grooves. Innovations like this improve the tire’s ability to prevent hydroplaning.

All-weather tires like the Nokian WR G4 are made of rubber compounds similar to the rubber compounds of winter tires. The Nokian WR G4 also features the three-peak mountain snowflake mountain symbol that certifies it for winter sue. The all-weather tire also has polished main grooves that effectively clear snow, slush, and water off the tire to ensure that the tire grips the road and protects against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (aquaplaning) but also to slush (slushplaning), which can happen when snow starts melting, leaving slush on the road. This is why even in other seasons than the rainy season you can experience hydroplaning. It’s also why most tire manufacturers add hydroplaning protective qualities in their full tire lineups.

Most tires incorporate this technology, but even with a good tire you can’t completely eliminate the risk. This is why it’s important to know what to do when your car starts hydroplaning. Keep cool – probably easier said than done, but it’s important not to panic or slam on the brakes. The best thing to do if you start hydroplaning is to stay straight and decelerate to try to regain the feel of the road and control of your car. To avoid hydroplaning, try to look ahead and avoid large puddles, and reduce your speed in rainy conditions.

Using a new high-quality tire with adequate tire pressure is important, as tread depth plays a role in keeping you safe. This means new tires are the best weapons against hydroplaning. A tread pattern that channels water out from between the tire and the road – as with the polished grooves utilized both in the Nokian eNTYRE and the Nokian WR G4 – is the most effective way to prevent hydroplaning. According to test results, hydroplaning starts at 47mph in worn out tires (1.6mm) versus the corresponding speed for new tires at 60 mph.

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