Tire siping isn’t usually a big topic of conversation. In fact, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard yourself or anyone else say, “I’m getting my tires siped today”. But, it’s actually a far more common process than you’d think. As a matter of fact, millions of tires are siped every day.
Inside tire siping
Simply put, tire siping refers to a process by which a machine cuts miniscule, 90-degree cuts or slits across the surface and into the tread of a new or used tire. While this is done, the machine also rotates your tires to ensure that the sipes are evenly distributed.
Unlike ribbed tires, you can’t see the benefits of siped tires with the naked eye. But, once you get behind the wheel and out on the road, you’ll start experiencing the difference tire siping can make.
The benefits of tire siping
Improved handling and performance: Tire sipes help tire treads get a better grip for a smoother ride.
Increased traction: Siping effectively multiplies the gripping edges for improved traction in snowy, wet or icy conditions.
Reduced heat buildup: Sipes expand as tires in use heat up. This expansion disspates the heat to keep your tires cooler when you’re driving on hot roads.
Improved braking performance: The increased traction your tires have from siping translates to improved braking performance to keep you safer.