Does Tire Tread Pattern Matter?

What is the best tire tread pattern?

Directional/asymmetrical tire tread is the best of both worlds – it features the V-shaped pattern of the directional tread for discharging water away from the tire and the dry weather traction of the asymmetrical tread.

You should follow the same rules as directional tires when it comes to rotation patterns..

What is the tread pattern of a tire?

The most common tread pattern in use on passenger tires is the symmetric tread pattern. In these types of patterns, the outer and inner sides of the tread are symmetric—that is, they are mirror images of one another. The tread blocks form continuous ribs around the tire.

Is it OK to change only one tire?

To replace just one or two tires without adversely affecting performance and safety, the other tires need to have an adequate amount of tread left. If your tires are pretty new, you may be able to get away with just replacing one or two tires.

What makes a good tire tread?

New tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, and some truck, SUV and winter tires may have deeper tread depths than other models. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing tires when they reach 2/32”, and many states legally require tires to be replaced at this depth.

Where is the correct tire pressure?

On newer cars, the recommended tire pressure is most commonly listed on a sticker inside the driver’s door. If there’s no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specs in the owner’s manual. Most passenger cars will recommend 32 psi to 35 psi in the tires when they’re cold.

Is it safe to have different tread patterns?

Mixing different tread depths is generally permissible. The tire industry recommends fitting the new tires onto the rear axle. This will provide greater grip to the rear axle and mitigate any potential oversteer condition or loss of vehicle stability on slippery surfaces.

Do different tire treads matter?

Mixing Different Tread Depth on Your Vehicle Deeper tread tires on the rear axle provide better handling, wet grip, and evacuate water, thereby helping to avoid oversteer and loss of vehicle stability on wet surfaces. Deeper tread tires on the front axle can improve wet straight-line braking and stopping distance.

Can you have 2 different brands of tires on your car?

We recommend that the same tyres are fitted on all wheel positions of your vehicle. If however, due to availability or economical considerations, mixing is necessary then it is permissible to mix brands and tread patterns as long as the same tread patterns and brands are fitted across the same axle.

What happens if you put a directional tire on the wrong way?

If directional tires get mounted backward, you won’t get the hydroplaning resistance and other performance driving benefits the tread is designed for. Front and rear tires often wear at different rates.