The tread on your tires is widely considered to be one of the most important features for safety on your vehicle. The pattern of tread on your tires can be one of the most specialized tools for grip that your car is using to maintain contact with the road. Each manufacturer places an extensive amount of planning and design to put function into the tire treads. When you take a look at your tires, you should see more than tire patterns, you should see a performance tool.

It’s likely that you’ve heard about patterns like directional and symmetrical as well as the all weather tire pattern and seasonal tire pattern. Each tire pattern will be designed to handle a specific function and they are all specialized in a way that puts them into a different category for performance. Understanding the difference between these types of patterns can be important. Here are some of the top differences between tire patterns that you should know:

Directional Tires

A directional tire pattern is perfect for preventing aquaplaning as well as for maintaining fuel efficiency. This type of tire cannot be rotated and the rubber compounds in these tires are often much more expensive to purchase. Directional tires are known for having the cuts or grooves towards the center of the tire or a V style pattern. This look of a tire is often designed for performance vehicles.

Symmetrical Threats

This is the most common type of tread that you will find on tires and it is easily distinguished because of the continuous grooves or blocks that can occur throughout the tread. If you flip one of these tires over, it gives you the exact same tread design. The only problem with this tire is that it does not offer the same type of water performance. It can be rotated and it remains an extremely affordable choice however.


An asymmetrical tread pattern looks fairly randomized and it has designs that go out on either shoulder of the tire. This is a tire which is designed to reduce road noise as well as improved handling. The downside to these types of tires is that they often have a lower tire life and they cost a bit more because they are not readily available. These tires are also generally available only on larger wheel bases.

Flow Optimized Asymmetrical Tires

This format is a hybrid style asymmetrical and directional tire the treads appear to be more of a half V design. The big advantages with this type of tire is that there’s a high level of protection against aquaplaning and is also an excellent level of performance. These are tires that can provide excellent handling, great overall performance and better help for your handling.

Whether you are seeking a tire for a long road trip, off roading or you are interested in getting purpose built tires, it is important you choose the right design to meet the standards of your vehicle. There is a tire tread that can be designed to meet your needs no matter what you would like to do with your vehicle.

If you would like more information on the ideal tire pattern to suit your needs, contact us today. We can work to get a tire tread that’s going to serve the needs of your vehicle. We can find the perfect tires for your vehicle and give you the performance enhancements you have been seeking. Contact us today and we can perform tire replacement or rotations as required for your vehicle.