Contact patch is the portion of a vehicle’s tyre that is in actual contact with the road surface. It is most commonly used in the discussion of pneumatic tires, (i.e. pressurized tyres), where the term is strictly used to describe the portion of the tyre’s tread that touches the road surface. The term “footprint” is used almost synonymously. – Wikipedia
Hmm, so the footprint of my tyre is obviously sweet bugger all. And combined with the water being sent down from the heavens, it all points to a super slippery ride. Three times to day and had small moments due to the wet roads. Twice from rear brake lockups, and once, almost unbelievably, when I managed to spin the rear wheel in a low gear going up a hill. Maybe the new tyres have to bed themselves in, I’m not sure, but I was lucky on two occasions not to end up on my arse.
Lets just say after that, I was slightly more cautious.