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The different types: symmetrical, asymmetrical et directional


Not all tyres share the same design. The tread pattern of a tyre determine its performance

There are three main types of tread patterns :

  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Directional

Please find below a few explanations to help you select the tye best adapted to your driving style :

Symmetrical

Usage

Designed for short commutes for small passenger cars.

Strenghts
  • High resistance
  • Improved tread life
  • Economical
  • Excellent road handling
  • Comfortable driving
Weaknesses
  • Average steering responsiveness
  • Weak resistance to aquaplaning
Special features
  • There is no compulsory mounting order for this tyre.
  • Available in small sizes (from 13" to 15")

Asymmetrical

Usage

Designed for powerful sedans and sports cars

Strengths
  • Quiet driving
  • High resistance to aquaplaning
  • High stability
Weaknesses
  • Flexible sidewalls ( less resistance to shocks)
  • More expensive
  • Shorter longevity
Special features
  • « outside » and « inside » markings are engraved on the sidewall, they indicate the correct mounting order.
  • Available in sizes 15" to 19".

Directional

Usage

Designed for sports cars

Strengths
  • Outstanding steering responsiveness
  • Good road handling on wet and snow
  • High resistance to aquaplaning risks
  • Good grip on wet
  • Predictable handling at high speeds
Weaknesses
  • Not economical
  • Weaker resistance to shocks ( flexible sidewalls)
  • Worn out faster
Special features
  • Mounting : Directional, small white arrows indicate on what axle each tyre has to be placed
  • Front to rear ( and rear to front) tyre rotation only