Video: How we test our tires for wet and dry roads

We test our tires in wet and dry conditions to make sure they can handle anything Canada throws your way.
 

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The reality is that driving conditions in Canada aren’t always ideal.

 

That means the tires you get at Canadian Tire need to perform well regardless of the weather.

 

So we test our tires in wet and dry conditions to make sure they can handle anything Canada throws your way.

 

 

When it comes to testing, tires earn a wet score and a dry score, both out of 100. That score is based on several grueling tests.

 

At these state of the art facilities, we conduct industry-standard testing that is scientific and controlled, yet designed to approximate typical Canadian driving scenarios. First, we do a wet braking test.

 

Nate: The idea with a wet braking test is to simulate an emergency situation that someone might experience on a rainy road.  So to do that we set up basically a lane, and then we enter it at a very high rate of speed, typically over 110 km/h, slam on the brakes, and then we measure the distance it takes to stop.

 

Next, we measure hydroplaning in a couple of ways.

 

Longitudinal hydroplane testing measures the speed at which the tires lose grip when accelerating and decelerating in a puddle of water.

 

Lateral hydroplaning is tested by driving around a circular track to measure how far a tire will slip to the side and drift out of the circle.

 

Angelo:  We’re looking for the speed where the tire actually swims up on the water and we can’t put more velocity into this test. That’s where we stop and it gives us the lateral acceleration on this particular wet spot.

 

Finally, we do our wet handling tests.

 

Here, we really hit the corners on wet pavement. Professional drivers rate the tires based on precise cornering, stability, and maintaining traction.

 

Even Dry braking and handling tests are pushed to extremes.

 

Angelo:  For dry braking, we will accelerate the car up to roughly 100 km/h and then slam on the brakes as hard as we can to bring the car to a full stop – the shorter the distance, the safer it is.

 

Pro drivers also attempt emergency maneuvers – sudden lane changes and swerving to avoid obstacles take our tires to the limit so they can be rated on stability and cornering.

 

As you can imagine, we burn through a lot of rubber here, but this is how we can be confident that the tires you get from Canadian Tire are proven to handle everything Canadian driving throws your way.

This kind of rigorous testing is what makes Canadian Tire Canada’s automotive authority.


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