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Old 02-10-2014, 11:51 PM   #1
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Summer tires in the rain

What sort of experience have people had using the 2013 on rainy roads? I've found them to have amazing grip on dry roads, which is nice for me because I do a lot of driving on winding mountain roads. But I've read how these tires are not for use in the snow, which makes me wonder how they handle wet roads. Are they worse than typical quality all-season tires, or will they maintain their grip?

I've gotten used to ignoring those yellow warning speed limit signs while driving on the dry winding roads, but I'm wondering how much more careful I need to be in the wet.


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You mean the stock tires, or summer tires in general?

Many summer tires perform very well in rain, often better then all seasons. Some do not. Depends on the tire. From what I recall, the stock tires do OK in the rain, probably better then most all seasons. A good summer tire designed for wet and dry performance will typically be better, though.
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You mean the stock tires, or summer tires in general?
I'm referring to the tires that came with the car.

In addition to my ST, I also bought three 2013 Titaniums for other family members, and those have the handling package, so their tires have just about the same specs and size as those on my ST, although I seem to recall they are a different brand. Nevertheless, my question applies to those cars, too: How well will they handle on wet roads?
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My titanium does awesome in the rain. Still very grippy.
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No problems at all in the wet. As with ANY tire, you have less traction, but it's nowhere near the limited traction you see on very cold or snowy roads.
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Summer tires, in general, are designed specifically for maximum dry and wet performance in temperatures above 50F

Traction in snow and rain are completely different things.
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The OEM michelin Primacy LC is quite OK in dry and wet ... about 6 out of 10 ...
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Summer tires, in general, are designed specifically for maximum dry and wet performance in temperatures above 50F

Traction in snow and rain are completely different things.
^ This.
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What sort of experience have people had using the 2013 on rainy roads? I've found them to have amazing grip on dry roads, which is nice for me because I do a lot of driving on winding mountain roads. But I've read how these tires are not for use in the snow, which makes me wonder how they handle wet roads. Are they worse than typical quality all-season tires, or will they maintain their grip?

I've gotten used to ignoring those yellow warning speed limit signs while driving on the dry winding roads, but I'm wondering how much more careful I need to be in the wet.
Perhaps you bought the wrong car if you need someone else to tell you what the limit of adhesion is.

The best way is to drive your car in the rain and find out for yourself.

In any case, rain is not uncommon in many parts if the world.
Passenger car tires that are inherently dangerous in the rain would be kind of stupid, no?
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Buying a Focus ST and 3 Focus Titaniums without any knowledge of what a summer tire is...

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kind of stupid, no?
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