Simple so­lu­tion to max­i­mize your car’s per­for­mance

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Are you the type of driver who pushes the ac­cel­er­a­tor a lit­tle harder on the curves of a back-coun­try road? Are you a per­son who smiles as they ap­proach a new ter­rain or road con­di­tion you’ve never con­quered be­fore? If so, you’re a per­for­mance seeker. A per­son who is con­stantly push­ing them­selves to prove that they are driver enough.

The per­for­mance driver never wants to lose the feel­ing of adren­a­line as they push their ve­hi­cle to the max, but as the sea­sons change, so do the road con­di­tions and the chal­lenges driv­ers face. We sat down with X-Games ath­lete, pro­fes­sional race car driver, pro­fes­sional stunt car driver and BFGoodrich Tires am­bas­sador, An­drew Com­rie-Pi­card, or ACP, to bet­ter un­der­stand the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with wet weather driv­ing, how mod­ern tires can help pre­vent the loss of trac­tion and skid­ding, and how they make the over­all driv­ing experience more fun — re­gard­less of the sea­son.

Keep­ing con­tact with the road

The big­gest dan­ger with wet weather driv­ing is how un­ex­pected the road con­di­tions and haz­ards can be. As the tem­per­a­tures rise and sea­sonal show­ers pick up, stand­ing water in pud­dles, still-cool spring tem­per­a­tures, and the po­ten­tial for show­ers to lift oil to the sur­face of the road can all com­pro­mise trac­tion and lead to a skid or a pos­si­ble ac­ci­dent.

“Hav­ing the right tires is the num­ber one thing you can do to pre­vent hy­droplan­ing with­out los­ing per- for­mance of­ten drowned out dur­ing the rainy sea­son,” said An­drew Com­rie-Pi­card (ACP). “The proper tread depth and tire de­sign can make all the dif­fer­ence in your ve­hi­cle’s abil­ity to shed water, while in­creas­ing con­trol on the road.”

Un­til re­cently, a tire with ex­cep­tional wet and dry trac­tion in both high and low am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures was a dream of tire en­gi­neers and driv­ers alike. But the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S tire puts the best of both worlds in one tire. When tested against the lead­ing com­peti­tors, it stopped up to 15 feet shorter on wet roads and 5 feet shorter on dry roads.

Its su­pe­rior trac­tion isn’t just good for brak­ing in both dry and wet con­di­tions, it also helps your ve­hi­cle ac­cel­er­ate faster, en­sur­ing you don’t for­feit your ve­hi­cle’s per­for­mance to Mother Na­ture.

What if you hy­droplane?

ACP has driven in all types of con­di­tions across ter­rains all over the globe — in­clud­ing a re­cent ex­pe­di­tion down an ice road onto the frozen Arc­tic Ocean. He says it’s important to think like and be­come a per­for­mance driver in the sit­u­a­tions where the road con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rate to en­sure you do not lose con­trol.

“Pan­ick­ing is the worst thing to do. If you start hy­droplan­ing, slow the ve­hi­cle down grad­u­ally, don’t slam on the brakes. Ride it out and be ready for when your tires re­gain trac­tion with the road,” ACP said. “Those who drive the fastest typ­i­cally have the slow­est con­trol in­put: they brake slower, they steer smoothly, and th­ese are the types of things that will save you in a skid.”

ACP also says the key to this calm­ness is hav­ing a good un­der­stand­ing of your ve­hi­cle, its tires, and their lim­i­ta­tions.

“You need to be able to feel where the edge of your ve­hi­cle and its tires are so you know ex­actly how much you can push it in any cli­mate or con­di­tion. A tire that com­mu­ni­cates with you when it’s slid­ing and when it’s stop­ping is cru­cial,” he says. That kind of sen­si­tiv­ity is what makes tires so important for a per­for­mance driver like ACP and why he chooses the g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire, be­cause, as he said, “With th­ese tires, you can feel your ve­hi­cle come back into con­trol pro­gres­sively. It’s like the tires talk to you.”

High per­for­mance tires help you re­spond to unex- pected sit­u­a­tions, whether you’re hy­droplan­ing or start­ing to skid out. While greater trac­tion dur­ing wet weather sea­sons is cer­tainly ar­gu­ment enough, th­ese tires also open your car’s po­ten­tial, mak­ing for a much more fun driv­ing experience re­gard­less of the fore­cast.


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