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Tires 101 - Why Your Tire's Sipes Matter

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Tires 101 - Why Your Tire's Sipes Matter

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

John F. Sipe went down in history as the inventor of sipes.

On a tire, sipes are the small slits in the tread that act as a sponge on wet roads while providing biting edges for grip on ice and snow. Generally, 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 what I found on these General Altimax RT43 tires is that the sipes disappear at a much faster rate than the tire is wearing! Look at the 30% worn tire, see how the sipes no longer go to the edges of the tread block, and at 70% worn the General Altimax Rt43 tires are pretty much useless!

By comparison, look at these BFGoodrich Advantage tires: New tire on the left vs. 70% worn on the right and the tire sipes are still as wide as new! Now that's getting what you pay for! 

 

 

It's not just you who thinks tires are confusing. The tire manufacturers and chain stores make it harder than ever for you to know if you're making the right choice. Don't worry, we've got you covered!

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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