I recently bought a new (used) car. It's been rainy this week and I've skidded the tires about half a dozen times when stopping on wet pavement. At one fairly hard stop, I skidded about 10 or 20 feet past where I intended to stop the car, and would have gotten in an accident if there had been a car in front of me. This never happened in my old car.
I can think of two possible reasons for this:
1) My old car had ABS, and this one doesn't. However, I rarely engaged the ABS in the old car, or so I thought. Occasionally at very hard stops or on wet pavement, the brakes would shudder for about a second. I figured this was the ABS engaging; now I'm not sure. It certainly didn't happen nearly as often as the skidding in my new car.
2) The tires may be bad. It still has the tires it came with, and I have no idea what kind they are. The previous owner lived in the desert, so they might not be intended for wet roads. The tread is good in front and so-so in back.
Do either of these explanations make sense? Any other ideas for why this is happening? Is there something I can do, or will have have to adjust my driving style?