TYRES 101

DRIVING TIPS

For all motoring enthusiasts, 4×4 fanatics, and connoisseurs of beautiful cars, BFGoodrich’s role is to offer tyres which enhance your driving experience, by providing sporty, yet controlled driving in all conditions.

A few driving term definitions:

4×4 Traction

The American tyre brand BFGoodrich secured its 12th Dakar triumph – its 10th in a row – in Lima, Peru, today. Victory on the world’s most gruelling cross-country rally went to Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (ALL 4 Racing MINI) who took his personal score on the event to 10 wins.

Responsiveness

The speed and degree of the tyre/vehicle’s response to the driver’s actions. This response can define the tyre’s “sportiness”.

Weight transfer

This is the transfer of weight to the front or rear of the vehicle depending on whether you are braking or accelerating.

 

When you brake, the front of your vehicle tends to drop and the rear tends to lift. This is because weight is transferred to the front during braking, leading to an increased load on the front axle.

 

When you accelerate, the front of your vehicle tends to lift and the rear tends to drop. This is because weight is transferred to the rear during acceleration, leading to an increased load on the rear axle.

Oversteer

Oversteer occurs when the rear axle’s slip is greater than that of the front axle. When turning a bend, the car seems to want to turn more than you want it to.

Your vehicle tends to drift too much towards the inside of the bend.

Understeer

Understeer occurs when the front axle’s slip is greater than that of the rear axle. When turning a bend, the car seems to want to go straight on more than you want it to. Your vehicle tends to drift too much towards the outside of the bend.

Speed is not necessary for driving enjoyment

Drivers should always put safety before speed, and must always comply with the rules of the road. You don’t have to go fast to enjoy driving. BFGoodrich tyres’ exceptional handling, feedback and sensation of grip increase the enjoyment of your driving through bends and winding roads even at lower speeds.

The art of cornering by BFGoodrich

Preparation for safe cornering should start before entering the corner. Apply your brakes to reduce your speed before the corner while the front wheels are still straight. Avoid braking when in a bend if possible as the weight transfer to the front of the vehicle can cause a reduction in grip from the rear tyres, thus increasing the risk of losing control of the rear axle. When you exit the bend do not accelerate until your front wheels are straight.

Thanks to their exceptional feedback and lateral grip, BFGoodrich tyres enhance your control throughout the bend enabling you to position your vehicle with precision. Their longitudinal grip provides excellent braking on the entry to the bend as well as superb acceleration capacity on the exit.