Tires are something that most of us tend to not give much thought to. With the right maintenance, a good set of tires can go 50-60,000 miles before they wear to a point of needing to be replaced. When they wear that slowly, it can be really easy to take them for granted…until something goes wrong, that is.
The grooves and sipes (tiny angled or lateral slits in the tire tread) on your tires’ tread surface are designed to move water away from the tire contact patch. When your tires’ tread grooves wear too much, though, they can’t do a good job of evacuating water from the tires’ footprint area. At that point, the danger of hydroplaning goes way up. Hydroplaning is what occurs when your vehicle is actually skating on a thin film of water and the tires have lost contact with the road altogether ...[more]
In the last 25 years, the light-truck segment has exploded…all you have to do is look around while you’re driving anywhere and note the number of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan pickups on the road. While trucks were once work vehicles that hauled shingles and mulch and 2 x 4s, they’re now daily drivers for many people in the United States; they’re practical and tough, and offer creature comforts and amenities that were unheard of 30 years ago.
For most drivers, their trucks spend over 80 percent of their time on-pavement with only a very occasional venture off-road. For these drivers, all-terrain tires are a good fit, with an aggressive enough tread pattern for traction and performance off-pavement while still offering good road manners, handling and ride on the highway. At ...[more]