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As many of you know I changed tires not long ago.
I changed from the Continental DW Extreme Tires to the Toyo Proxes R888.
One of my main concerns was driving with them in the, (Rain).
Most of us running these tires probably would not intentionally jump out there in the rain.
But once we are out there and get caught in a down-pour you only have a couple of choices.

(1) Stop at next off ramp/exit and wait.
(2) Slow down and keep driving with Caution.

On with my story.

This past Saturday I drove to Louisville, Ky. and then to Sadieville, Ky. from there.
I met up with Family in Louisville, Ky. to watch my Niece Ice Skate in a Christmas program.
Then from there drove to their home in Sadieville, Ky. and spend the weekend.
I drove back home to Franklin, TN. on Monday morning leaving at 5.30 am.

The miles covered were like 500 plus round trip.

Now to get on to the real point of this Thread/Post.

Driving in the rain with the Toyo Proxes R888 tires.

This was done with (New Tires) with hardly any miles on them and No-Burn Outs at all or Drag Racing passes on them.

Tires had 32 psi in all four.

And weather conditions temperature wise was like Low 40's to mid 50's.

If you don't know these tires are not designed for Cold Weather driving.

These are Summer Performance tires ..... Only !!!


Now to give you the information with not to many useless words.
Here we go .......

You can definitely drive in the rain with these tires but here is what you need to know.

(1) As long as the road smooth and the water is (Not) standing.

(2) Watch your Butt if you are on a road that has the (Ruts) in it.

(3) If you try driving in those ruts where the water is standing you won't for long.

Your Mustang will start moving around on you as the (Tread Depth) cannot get rid of that much water.

(4) Water standing on the road will have your Mustang, (Hydroplaning).

(5) Also passing Semi-Trucks is sometimes Scary as they push a lot of water into your lane as you are passing them.

The rest of the story.

The above is what I personally observed while driving in the rain.
Sometimes it was raining pretty darn hard.
Other times it was a mild rain.
Almost all the time I was driving on a wet surface going and coming back home.

I actually made this trip to find out just how bad it would be to drive with these tires in rain.
And also when it was Cold outside which these tires are actually designed for Summer Use Only.

So if any of you have been wondering about these tires and driving in less than ideal conditions.
You can as long as you use Common-Sense.
My opinion is you would be much better off driving with them in the Daylight hours.
You can much better see what is in your lane on the road surface as long as it is not just "Pouring-Down".
If it was raining so hard you cannot see the vehicle in front of you I think I would pull over at that point and wait until it lightened up some.
I think you would be taking your Life in your hands if it was trying to drive with these in the above condition.

I took a few quick pictures I will post to show you what I was driving in.
They are not great but give you the general idea.
I wish after seeing these Pics. enlarged I had left the windshield wipers on taking them.















Terry
 

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Definitely a set of tires you want to pay very special attention to how you are driving in rain with standing water conditions. Most Extreme Summer Performance tires and R-Comp tires are going to require special attention in rain. There are only a few that I would truly feel comfortable running in standing water and those are the Conti Extreme Contact DW and Dunlop Direzza Z1 Sport Star Spec tires as they both do rain pretty well due to the tread design but are still low void ratio tires which become very close to slicks as they wear on.

Glad to hear you and your car made it through safely! :)
 

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Definitely a set of tires you want to pay very special attention to how you are driving in rain with standing water conditions. Most Extreme Summer Performance tires and R-Comp tires are going to require special attention in rain. There are only a few that I would truly feel comfortable running in standing water and those are the Conti Extreme Contact DW and Dunlop Direzza Z1 Sport Star Spec tires as they both do rain pretty well due to the tread design but are still low void ratio tires which become very close to slicks as they wear on.

Glad to hear you and your car made it through safely! :)
I had the Continental DW Extreme tires right before these Toyo Proxes R888.

The DW tires did A-OK in the rain.

I just wanted to try something completely different.

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