Getting new tires is kind-of like looking at the menu of an ice cream parlor. You have to make the initial decision of whether you want ice cream, water ice, Gelato, or maybe even something else, like a milkshake perhaps. Then come the toppings – sprinkles, cough dough, gummy bears, and who knows what’s next. How do you process such a decision, and what is it based off of?
Obviously tire shopping isn’t quite the same or nearly as craving to some, but the selection process might be similar. In this blog, we’d like to walk you through your options of treads, and which you should look to get on a specific type of tire. That way, you know what tread pattern is best for certain conditions, and so that in comparison you won’t order sprinkles on your water ice.
Directional Tread is just like it sounds – a pattern that all heads in the same direction. The pattern may consist of many grooves and shapes, but they’ll all point the same way. By doing so, the ability to direct water away from the tire will prevent hydroplaning in rain and snow. On top of that, there is a lot less noise while driving.
This is a pattern that may make you think back to geometry class in high school. The patterns and designs are uniform across the entire tire, making it a low noise drive and long wear. This type of tread is commonly found on touring tires.
To combat the symmetrical patterns of the world, asymmetrical have a mix of different types of patterns. Most of the time you’ll be able to find in the middle of the tire a pattern that is utilized for traction during rainy or snowy weather, while the outside of the tire features tread blocks for cornering.
With this tread, you’re getting a combo of two of the previously mentioned patterns. Typically you’ll see these created in “V” shape tread to help direct water, while the asymmetrical design is made for drier weather handling. When going to rotate these tires, it should be done in the same amount of time as directional treaded tires.
No matter what type of treads you decide to go with AVP’s ASE-Certified Technicians are here to service any and all of your tire needs. Give us a call at 215-547-3908 or schedule tire service appointment at http://avpservicecenter.com/schedule-service/.