How To Choose Tires for Wet Conditions

When you’re looking for a wet-weather tire, consider these factors:

  • Wet-weather frequency. If you drive in wet weather frequently, finding a tire that performs well in the rain might be more of a priority than if you only occasionally drive in rainy conditions. Think about the general climate where you do most of your driving before choosing a tire for rain.
  • Vehicle type. The type of vehicle you drive will affect your choice of wet-weather tire as well. A sports car naturally performs differently in the rain than a truck, for example, and requires different tires in general, and the handling patterns of different vehicles might impact your choice of wet-weather tire as well.
  • Driving style. Your driving style and habits can help determine the type of tire that’s right for you. If you usually drive under regular conditions, for example, an all-season tire might work well enough in the rain to suit your needs. Drivers who clock more hours behind the wheel and under challenging conditions might need a more specialized tire for their driving patterns, especially in the rain.
  • Rubber composition. Think about how the rubber compound of a particular tire might affect its performance in the rain when purchasing your next set of tires. Different tire materials can impact the way the tire interacts with rain on the road, so be sure to ask about rubber compound before your purchase.
  • Tread pattern. Look for a tread pattern that will send water away from your tire. This will help increase the amount of tire surface in contact with the road to increase traction and grip. Examine the tread pattern of the tires you plan on buying and compare them to make sure you choose the right tire for your circumstances.
  • Budget. It’s possible to find a good wet-weather tire at most price points, though it’s possible that higher-quality tires might cost a little more. If you can only afford one new set of tires, consider all-seasons to get you through more varied conditions than an exclusively summer or winter tire.
Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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