The SUV being a heavier vehicle than a regular passenger car makes the choice of a good quality tire even more important. It is important to choose a tire that allows for ultimate grip to allow for proper grip and handling. It is also important that the tire protects against hydroplaning as with the additional weight of an SUV the effects of hydroplaning can be disastrous. This is because hydroplaning is a phenomenon where the vehicle rides up on a thin surface of water and loses contact with the pavement. The best way however to protect against hydroplaning is to equip your car with a set of good quality tires.
It is important to keep tires properly inflated with at least 4mm of tread to assure proper hydroplaning protection. Tires like the Nokian eNTYRE C/S SUV all-season tires are good quality tires that come recommended for SUVs and light trucks. This tire has many safety features and even has a driving safety indicator and an aquaplaning indicator on the central rib. This aquaplaning indicator droplet disappears when the groove depth wears down to less than 4mm.The reason the tread depth is so important is as the speed increases and the tread depth decreases the contact area of the tire is dramatically decreased.
Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (Aquaplaning) you can also hydroplane with slush (slush planing). Slush planing is when the snow starts melting leaving slush on the road. This is why even in other season than the rainy season you can experience hydroplaning. The SUV all-weather tires allow for excellent handling on snowy, icy and slushy roads and provide protection for hydroplaning on slush.
Even tough an SUV fairs better on wet roads compared to a passenger car with all things being equal it is not to say that passenger car with good quality tires compared with an SUV with worn out tires wouldn’t fair better. The best protection against hydroplaning is a set of high quality tires that are in good condition with proper tread depth and properly inflated. The best thing to do if you start hydroplaning is to stay straight and decelerate to try to regain the feel of the road and control of your car. To try to avoid hydroplaning look ahead and avoid any large puddle and reduce your speed in rainy conditions.