Get Better Traction With Tire Siping

Get Better Traction With Tire Siping


Tire siping, what is it and why would anyone want it? We’ll explain to you what
tire siping is, what it does, and why like thousands of
others in Les Schwab country you might think about having your tires
siped as well. Before we talk about siping we should first talk about tire traction.
A tires traction comes from a series of rubber grooves, channels,
and tread blocks or patches. The combination of these
tread blocks and grooves, allow a tire to grip both
dry and wet roads depending on its design and intended use.
A tire intended for dry pavement use utilizes more tread patches and
fewer grooves and channels. A tire designed for wet
weather or all season driving utilizes more channels and
grooves to help dissipate water from between the
road and the tire. On wet or icy roads it’s critically important for a
tire to be able to penetrate the liquid on the surface, and make solid contact with
the road itself. Otherwise, loss of traction and control ensues, and
hydroplaning becomes a problem. In wet weather, the channels in a tire’s tread
direct large volumes of water away from the surface of your
tire, while grooves and sipes grab the surface of the road
with their rubber edges, like hundreds of tiny rubber
teeth. Siping adds bite to your tires. Merely every all season winter traction and wet
weather tire has grooves and sipes that provide important traction
edges that help to bite the road. Safety siping from Les Schwab multiplies the number of traction edges
without damaging the important structural components of your tire. These additional traction
edges dramatically increase the stopping and starting
power of your car, truck, or SUV, especially in wet weather driving
conditions. An independent study by the US National Safety Council, found that siping dramatically
improved stopping distances, breakaway traction, and rolling
traction on vehicles of all kinds. And another independent
study by Mobility Research, found that an average passenger
car stops 37 percent quicker with siped tires over the
same car with non siped tires. Even more impressive, that same study found that larger commercial
vehicles with siped tires decreased stopping
distances by a whopping 57 percent. So, you might ask, “If siping’s so great,
why aren’t all tires made siped right at the factory?” Well, tires designed
for snow and ice often do come with additional sipes,
but for most all season tires, siping is too costly and
time-consuming to do on a massive scale, especially done the
way we do it here, without removing any of the tires rubber. Additionally,
even though siping improves traction in almost any driving condition,
the benefits of siping are even greater in regions that
experience significant wet weather driving conditions. So how do we sipe your tires? Our siping machines are lubricated,
razor-sharp blades that don’t remove any rubber from your tire, but cut hundreds of
slits in the tread blocks. These slits are virtually
invisible to your eye unless the tire flexes like it does when
it needs that extra grip on the road. But, is it safe? Siping
is safe for your tires. The patented spiral cut
technology of our machines, leave your tread strong, so the existing edges and tread blocks can do
what they were designed to do. Additional benefits
to siping include, increased tire life and
a smoother ride too. That’s right, siping can actually
increase the life of your tire by dissipating heat caused by friction. Heat is a natural enemy to rubber,
and can cause premature wear or abnormal wear patterns.
Siping provides a natural cooling effect by opening up more
surface area for heat to escape. And the increased
flexibility on your tires, help make for a smoother ride on the
road. Around here, there’s no telling what road conditions you’ll come across. With siped tires from
Les Schwab you can count on better starting, stopping, and increased
control no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Les Schwab can sipe your new or
existing tires for you while you wait. It’s a quick and affordable process that can
make all the difference when you need it most. Wanna learn more,
ask a Les Schwab technician. Thanks for watching, and
thanks again for making Les Schwab your tire store.

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  1. While siping can have some benefit on icy roads, it's mainly a profit center for the tire shop in order to get about $50. out of you for 15 minutes worth of work.

    I'd probably do it only if I drive a lot on icy roads but otherwise, all tires sold in the USA already meet or exceed Department of Transportation safety and performance requirements, including high temperature standards.

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