"Thin" tires have ZERO impact on your stopping ability. The weight of a car, the type of brakes (disc vice drum) and the conditions of the road are the only significant determinents of stopping distance if you are only stopping once. This car is so light the braking distance should be fantastic. Wider tires offer no more traction in virtually very circumstance- they are a marketing feature without real benefit other than decreased mileage and shittier performance in the wet and snow. Same with those large diameter, low aspect ratio tires, etc. ABS is a control factor in bad weather but "fender benders" are caused by tailgating and inattention- not technical factors. US drivers will continue to have issues because our minds are everywhere but the road.