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Should I blame the engineers focus on aesthetics, aerodynamics, and traction to be the problem or me driving.

I might enjoy my ride in a cozy seat being clean and dry, while those on the road are muddy and soaking wet in the cold.

I believe the problem started with the first car ever created that had spoked wheels and looked fancy, and engineers have not changed supporting the industry that makes fancy wheels maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the car.

Now the Question is if I need to solve the problem without compromising aesthetics, aerodynamics, and traction, what should be done. ?

Waiting to see the Engineer in you...

-Simon Antipas

P.S: I don't need images to explain this, search car splash to see it or recollect your walk on a rainy day.

asked Mar 7 in Mechanical by Simon | 120 views
"The initial motion of the water is horizontal, but as the displaced water hits the stationary water outside the tyre contact patch the water will rise up in the same sort of way a wave breaks (a wave breaks because the water at the top is moving faster than the water at the bottom)."

Mechanics behind splash :
https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/36119/what-is-the-angle-at-which-water-is-splashed-when-a-vehicle-tyre-rides-in-water
cars have not changed much over the years in its functional structure of 4 wheels around a metal box and the effort taken to build the wheels and the tyre is always a showoff with alloys and colours.  when designers try to solve the problem of the splash with a skirt its labelled a concept car and never seen in production.
Such a car would have to divert the water in the region in front of the tyre not onto pedestrians but into a channel diverted behind the back wheel and back on the road.
If we take water from front grills and release from behind, it would be great mistake, since water will not pass by with path and speed provided.   Please post any reference for "concept car employing this theme" !!!
I don't intend for the car to move at high speeds through water that deep, but just a few inches of water that is diverted from the path of the tyre is diverted by a skirt to the back of the car, where 1- the car does not lose traction, 2- people on the road don't get drenched.
skirts in cars are used these days only to prevent the water and the mud from splashing onto the body of the car. and the irony is that other car splash on them.

It's like the fcc rules part 15 " devices may not cause interference and must accept interference from other sources"

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I believe answer is something to do with tyre design.

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answered Mar 7 by kevin
Tyre manufacturers have focused on traction and aesthetics. traction is possible when you move water aside and grip onto the road surface. but I believe it is automobile manufacturers who have to deal with the splash from the tyre which is undesirable... instead they fancy it in their advertisements which is intolerable.