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Picking tires for wet weather

Shelley Steeves, reporting
September 26, 2011 — When it comes to heavy rain, which tires are best suited for your vehicle?

Directional tires push the water out
Directional tires push the water out

Fall has officially arrived. And while the weather has been beautiful of late in some parts of the country, we could see above average precipitation this year. That could make for some dangerous driving conditions.

The risk of hydroplaning increases with all that water on the roads. So we decided to talk to a tire expert to find out what kind of tires you should have on your vehicle to get your through the wet Fall months and into the Winter Season.

“If you are out picking a good tire for snow and rain in winter or all season, directional is the way to go,” says Ray Belliveau of the Tire Shack. “They are designed to get rid of water and slush. They are sort of designed as a V so when you hit the water it's already starting to push it out, versus a tire that is not directional which can increase the risk of hydroplaning.”

But when it comes to the risk of hydroplaning, speed is always a factor no matter what kind of tire you have on your vehicle. So the message is to slow down when you are driving in wet weather; particularly if you are driving an all-wheel drive.

“The vehicle can sense slippage on one tire and engage another tire so it can actually cause some fishtailing or swerving,” explains Belliveau.

For a closer look at the conditions expected in your area this season, be sure to check The Weather Network's Fall Outlook 2011.

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