New tires require a break-in period to allow them to tightly hug the wheels of your car. Tires are composed of multiple layers of rubber, steel and fabric. The break-in period ensures that the tires perform at the top of their potential. Lubrication is used in the manufacturing process to prevent them from sticking to their molds. New tires still have a layer of lubrication, which reduces their traction. The break-in period should consist of a few hundred miles of careful and non-aggressive driving.
- Accelerate moderately and avoid taking sharp corners. As long as the new tires still have a layer of lubrication, their traction will be slightly reduced.
- Ease into the braking process. Avoid suddenly slamming on the brakes. The lubrication could cause the tire to slip or become loose from the rim.