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Why Tire Sipes Matter

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Why Tire Sipes Matter

In 1923, a slaughterhouse worker named John F. Sipe grew tired of his rubber-soled shoes slipping on the wet slaughterhouse floor.

Using a sharp knife, he cut a series of thin grooves in the rubber of his shoes and found that the grooves provided much better traction. He went on to patent his brainstorm and went down in history as the inventor of sipes.

On a tire, the sipes are small slits in the tread that act like a sponge on wet roads while providing biting edges for grip on ice and snow.

The more sipes a tire has, the better it is for all-season driving.

You'd think that as the tread wears down, so would the sipes....But I found on these General Altimax RT43 tires, the sipes disappear much faster than the tire is wearing!! Look at the 30% worn tire: The sipes no longer go to the edges of the tread block. At 70% worn, these General Altimax Rt43 tires are pretty much useless in the wet and snow! 

By comparison, look at these BFGoodrich Advantage Sport tires. My favorite tire and our #1 seller in 2018.

At 70% worn, the tire sipes are still as wide as new! That's getting what you pay for! And why the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport is my favorite, and our #1 selling all-season tire at Kenwood Tire & Auto Service.

"With so many choices in tires today, it’s my job to cut through the clutter and find you the right tires at the right price - I do this by working hands-on in my business, watching how tires perform throughout their life and listening to the drivers who depend on them every day." 

When you need tires, look beyond the price and don't mess around with the chain stores -  At Kenwood Tire & Auto Service, we make tires easy! You'll always find honest advice, good tiresquality service, plus the people and support you need to make your new tires a good investment.

Shop online or let us help you choose the right tire.

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