Tire Tread Patterns
There are three basic tire tread patterns: Symmetrical, Asymmetrical and Unidirectional
Asymmetrical Tire Tread Pattern
An asymmetrical tire has a varying tread pattern across the face of the tire. Asymmetrical tires are high performance radials designed for dry handling and water dispersal. Many asymmetrical tires use additional rubber for large outer edge tread blocks to improve cornering performance.
Symmetrical Tire Tread Pattern
Symmetrical tires have a consistent tread design across the entire face of the tire. With symmetrical tires, both halves of the tread face are the same pattern.
Unidirectional Tire Tread Pattern
Unidirectional tires should be rotated from front to back on the same side of the vehicle. Unidirectional tread improves straight-line acceleration, and reduces rolling resistance and stopping distance.