choosing your tires
The ability of a tire to manage these loads through the contact patch, influences many performance attributes including:
- Steering Responsiveness
- Wet & Dry Handling
- Tire Noise
- Ride Quality
There are four contact patch areas on a typical automobile – all of which help to cushion the vehicle from road impacts, provide traction for acceleration and braking, and transmit steering forces. A tire’s contact patch provides this in many different road and weather conditions..
For example, a sportscar, which is expected to deliver highly responsive handling when turning, might be best equipped with Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar® 3 tires. This tire is engineered to deliver responsive handling and cornering and are available in wide, low-profile sizes. The wider, low profile sizes result in a contact patch shape that is wide and relatively short, a good match to deliver highly responsive handling and cornering.
On the other hand, a light truck, expected to haul payloads, pull trailers and possibly even navigate some inclement or rugged terrain, might be best equipped with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar® tires. This tire’s sizing, construction and tread is engineered to haul and navigate inclement or rugged terrain. It is available in the larger and taller sizes suitable for light trucks. These larger, taller sizes result in a contact patch shape that is long, but relatively narrow, a good match to haul pay-loads, pull trailers and navigate rough terrain.