Traction vs. Steering: Maximizing traction

Traction vs. Steering: Maximizing traction

Traction is just another word for friction and, as you may recall from high-school physics, friction is greatest when there is no motion between the mating surfaces – that is, when there’s no sliding. In the case of a tire, that means traction is greatest when it is rolling or stopped, not spinning or sliding.

A fully locked, sliding tire typically loses 20 to 25% of its maximum rolling traction.

To maximize traction, therefore, it is imperative to avoid wheelspin or skidding.