Types of Tires for Rainy Roads

Different types of tires perform differently in the rain, and understanding these features can help you choose the right tire for your own rainy driving excursions. Here’s what you should know about different tire types in the rain:

  • All-season tires. This type of tire is meant to handle a variety of road conditions, from rain to heat to snow. Although they aren’t necessarily engineered specifically for one type of weather, such as rain, all-season tires are generally a functional option for commuters who drive in a range of environmental conditions. Look at wet-braking scores when researching all-season tires to get a sense for how they’ll perform in the rain.
  • High-performance tires. These tires, sometimes categorized with summer tires, are engineered to perform best in typical conditions, other than the cold and snow, with good grip and handling. Some high-performance tires might do well in rainy conditions depending on their composition and tread pattern, which can differ from one model to the next. Consider how quickly a high-performance tire regains traction when deciding if this is the right option for you.
  • Winter tires. Winter tires, or snow tires, are specifically made to handle well on the snow and ice. Some modern winter tire models work well in the rain, so consider this option if you are likely to be driving in both snow and rain. Look for hydroplaning resistance and traction when evaluating possible winter tire options for use in the rain.
  • All-terrain tires. This tire type is meant to provide optimal traction in rugged conditions. Finding an all-terrain tire that works well in the rain can be a good way to prepare for unpredictable conditions on your next adventure.

Once you find the best tire for rain for your situation, the next step is to get them mounted and installed. Think about whether you’ll need rims or if you want to have your new tires mounted on your existing rims. You might choose to keep an extra set of rims on hand so you can handle future tire changes yourself, if your budget allows for it.

Depending on your level of comfort with the process, you might have your tire dealer replace your tires for you, or you might handle this process yourself by safely lifting the vehicle, removing the old tires, and replacing them with your new ones. Always follow best practices in automotive-repair safety when working on your vehicle.

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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