Executives at BFGoodrich Tires insisted that we needed to drive poorly.
If you ever have the privilege of test driving a new car, you usually get a plea to treat the car kindly and obey traffic laws.
But when you are testing out a new set of tires, all bets are off. And on BFGoodrich Tires latest roll out, held in the parking lot at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and a few other locations around the country, we were encouraged to drive really REALLY fast and SLAM on the brakes.
Then we had to swerve around cones, jerk the steering wheel to quickly change lanes and slam on the brakes again and again.
Not only that, our rear view mirrors were pushed out of the way so we wouldn’t be distracted – not that anyone else was driving while we took turns. But normal driver instinct and self-preservation usually have you checking your mirrors when you drive. Here, the focus was on speed.
We drove laps in both wet and dry conditions, with a set of BFGoodrich’s new g-Force COMP- 2 A/S tires. This all season tires incorporate capability from BFGoodrich’s racing tires to provide soccer moms and weekend warriors alike with high performances and superior traction.
This was best illustrated on the wet pad, where I skidded about 15 feet on the non-BFGoodrich tires when I came to a sudden stop; with the new BFGoodrich, I stopped in about five feet. When you think about how close you travel to another car on the road, and what happens when you need to come to a sudden stop at highway speed, those 10 feet are critical.
The ABCs of good tires
The All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tires, introduced last year, offer improved traction on light snow, in mud, on gravel. Or just on dry ground. We learned that the tires follow the ABCs: you can accelerate faster, brake shorter, and control in all seasons.
They can even turn you into a better driver.