Underinflated Tires in Wet Weather
When a tire is underinflated, the vehicle load isn’t distributed evenly throughout the tire and the center of the tread can’t support the weight of the vehicle. When the center tread area doesn’t support the vehicle load, the tire’s shoulders are forced to pick up the slack. This causes the center tread area to lift up from the driving surface.
Not only can this lead to premature treadwear, but it also keeps the tire from sufficiently displacing water, which makes the tire more likely to hydroplane. Hydroplaning can be pretty dangerous depending on the situation so it is imperative to avoid underinflated tires.
Properly Inflated Tires in Wet Weather
Properly inflated tires evenly distribute the load across the face of the tire, maximizing how much tread contacts the driving surface. This allows the tire to come into full contact with the road, removing water from the contact patch as rapidly as possible.
For the best possible wet weather performance, we recommend inflating your tires to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. This air pressure should provide the best possible contact patch for your tires.
If you think your tires might be low, feel free to stop by your neighborhood Discount Tire for a free air check.