The Three Main Tire Tread Patterns
There are three main tire tread patterns out there. Using different tire tread patterns will affect your driving abilities as well as the performance of your vehicle. The tire tread is a part of the tire that makes direct contact with the road. Manufacturers make different patterns to enhance its performance with grip and handling for specific driving conditions.
Besides different patterns, tire tread has four parts which are ribs, grooves, tread blocks, and sipes.
Tire tread patterns are directional, symmetrical, or asymmetrical.
Directional tire patterns provide excellent hold on the road at high speed, they are very good on snow and mud, and they provide high protection against aquaplaning.
Symmetrical tire tread patterns provide very low rolling resistance, delivering smooth driving, as well as providing high directional stability.
Asymmetrical tire tread patterns provide very good grip in wet conditions. They have excellent curve stability, offering very good handling.
At any cost avoid mixing tire tread patterns together. If you do, you’re risking optimal safety and performance.