I am confused about this. I learned that the frictional force is pointing towards the center of the circle in circular motion (on a flat road) due to the tires. The thing is, I don't understand what the result of this friction is. The road is flat, and the motion of the car is straight. Therefore, the only friction that I can think of would be one opposite to the cars motion. What is causing the friction which has a direction pointing to the center of the circular path the car is traveling in? Can someone break it down for me? I just can't seem to think about what could be causing this frictional force which is pushing the car to the center of the circle.