• What’s the Difference in Tire Tread Patterns?

    February 19, 2018 | Blog Services tires
  • Does the Pattern of Your Tire’s Tread Really Matter?

    various tread patternsShroyer Tire has been providing the Woodlawn, IL area with quality tires for many years. During that time, some of the same questions keep popping up from customers. One such question concerns the tread patterns of the tires we sell. Do the different patterns serve different purposes, or are they simply variations on the same basic concept? Well, each different patter does indeed serve a different purpose and it’s important to know the differences and how they can benefit you.  Below are the four basic types of tire tread patterns and what they can do for your driving experience.


    The most common tire tread pattern, symmetrical tires use ribs or independent tread blocks across the entire tread face. This means that both halves of the pattern are identical. Symmetrical tires are good value-for-money tires for drivers that mainly drive short distances. They are rather quiet, long-lasting, and can reduce fuel consumption.

    directional tread patternDirectional

    As their title indicates, directional tires are intended to roll in only one direction. Their design includes one groove down the tire’s centerline and lateral grooves on either side of it, resulting in v-shaped tread blocks. This design is great for water displacement, which means greater protection against hydroplaning. It is also very capable of handling snow or mud covered surfaces. Winter and all season tires typically utilize this design the most.


    Most commonly found on sports cars, these tires typically utilize larger tread blocks on the outboard side and smaller, independent blocks in the inboard side. This design means an increase in cornering stability on dry roads alongside straight ahead traction for wet or winter roads. Truly, these tires are designed for high performance in all kinds of weather.


    Many drivers consider these tires as the best of both worlds. It combines the water dispersing v-shape of directional treads with the dry weather traction of asymmetrical tires. This is yet another high-performance option for discerning drivers.