Why Are Tires Made of Rubber?


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Tires are made of rubber because rubber can withstand wear and tear, and the substance offers a high level of grip even when the roads are wet. Tires are made from synthetic rubber and not pure rubber from rubber trees.

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Synthetic rubber is made from the sap of the rubber tree, which is combined with styrene, butadiene and petroleum derivatives. The combination of a variety of additives makes the manufacture of tires less expensive and creates a better bounce than natural rubber. The synthetic rubber also withstands heat much better than solid rubber, which helps to increase the life of the tire.

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