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Tires I have a 2000 Lincoln ls, I recently drove in the rain and hydroplaned and wrecked. My husband told me that I was not supposed to drive in the rain because that pictular lincoln has a wide performance trie on the rear and they are not supposed to be driven in the rain. I never have heard of such, please explain this to me and what might be a solution to this problem. I currently have 235/50 R17 tire type on the care now.

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There's nothing wrong with driving on wide tires in the rain. As long as the tires have sufficient tread and are not rated for extreme performance (aka track use), and have a decent wet weather traction rating, you'll be fine. Your Lincoln will have tires that are fine for rain. 235-section tires are by no means a wide tire. Chances are you had insufficient tread depth, hit deep standing water, were traveling too fast for the amount of rain and/or water on the road, or any combination of those factors. I ran 285-section width tires on the rear of my 500hp Nissan Z car, and had no trouble with rain as long as the tread depth was sufficent. When the tire tread got low (as happened fairly often), then I really had to watch it, as the car would oversteer suddenly when I hit almost any amount of standing water. Believe me though - Lincoln makes no model (and never has in its entire history) that "is not supposed to be driven in the rain" - those kinds of warnings are exclusive to companies like Ferrari, whose cars are more or less race cars with license plates.

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