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]