How high-quality tires can help protect from hydroplaning

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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Using all-weather tires year-round

The greatest advantage of all-weather tires is the ability to keep one tire all year long. Let’s face it: Who wants to store a second set of tires in the garage? The advantage of a tire that can be used year-round is obvious, but is it safe? All-weather tires can be safely used in all kinds of weather conditions. 

Unlike an all-season tire, all-weather tires are able to handle snow and ice with excellent grip and handling. All-weather tires hold the severe service emblem – also known as the three-peak-mountain snowflake symbol – that designates them for use in severe winter conditions. This is different from an all-season tire that is only safe in the spring, fall and summer seasons in most areas. All-weather tread is made from an intermediate rubber compound that offers excellent grip on all kinds of road conditions. During the cold season when the roads are icy, snowy and wet, they work just as well as during the other seasons.

Additionally, an all-weather tire like the Nokian WR G4 has a unique tread pattern with grooves that effectively clean snow, slush and water out of the tire to ensure excellent grip and reliable handling under all conditions, thereby protecting from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can also occur when snow melts and there is slush on the road. These tires will ensure hydroplaning resistance in heavy rain or melting ice and snow. The Nokian WR G4 will still be able to maintain proper contact with the road and provide the stability you need to handle your vehicle’s safety and comfort. 

All-weather tires are the only tires that can be used all year long in most locales. They outperform all-season tires in the winter, as all-season tires are not recommended for severe winter weather. The Nokian WR G4, with its innovative design, assures absolute grip and excellent handling even in the toughest of winters. This is because of the many new innovations like polished grooves and the 3D self-locking siping that minimizes heat generation, thereby improving the wear resistance of the tire. It also provides low rolling resistance to save fuel and the environment.

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