All you need to know about Tyre Tread

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Do you get confused when you’re out to choose tyres for your vehicle? Do you find there are way too many details of a tyre that you are not aware of? It is quite natural to be so, as a layman can’t know so much about tyres. Then again, if you are buying it, you need to be aware of a few things.

What is Tread?

Tread is basically the part where grooves or patterns are etched in a tyre. This portion is what touches the road and so, has an important role to play in the running of the car. Now, don’t mistake those grooves to be tread like most people. You’ll be surprised to see that as just like your clothes, even tyres have different patterns or designs.  These are based on the season they might be used in or their performance expectancy.

Tread Elements.

Some common elements comprise the tread patterns:

  • Ribs– the uplifted portion of the tread which contains the blocks in it
  • Grooves– channels running over the circumference of the tyre and between the tyre ribs
  • Sipes– tiny slits constructed into the blocks
  • Cross slots– channels made in the tread rudiments for water release
  • Tread blocks– uplifted rubber portions made for friction with the road


Now that you have some idea about the basics of tread, let us talk about the four tread patterns:

  1. Symmetric- most commonly found in the passenger cars and are also sometimes known as multi-directional due to its capacity to move in many directions. It is durable and comparatively quiet. It has continuous and identical grooves all over the tyre circumference. Bridgestone’s Ecopia has symmetrical tread pattern.
  2. Asymmetric- there is a difference between the exterior and interior halves of the tread. They are made with dissimilar blocks and channels. This also enables better traction and handling of the tyres. Water is easily dispersed, all thanks to its smart design. Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an example of asymmetric tread pattern among Michelin Tyres Birmingham.
  3. Unidirectional- to avoid hydroplaning, this pattern is made to roll in one direction. The design (V-shaped arrows) is directed unidirectional. It is usually rotated backwards from the front. Potenza of Bridgestone tyres is an example.
  4. Directional/Asymmetrical- it is a combo offer of tread patterns which has the goodness of both asymmetrical and unidirectional tread types. Aquaplaning restriction is its special ability. Tyres with this tread provide amazing dry-traction like asymmetrical type and water displacement like the unidirectional type. Rainsport 3 of the Uniroyal tyres (a brand of Continental tyres) is a good instance of such pattern.

These are some of the fundamentals knowing which shall help you in understanding tyres Birmingham. But still, it is always better to take professional guidance for purchasing tyres.

If you have any queries or need any further assistance with some tyre trouble, contact us at Fleetline Tyre Services. Our professionals are some of the most proficient experts in town and can provide you with excellent services for a better deal than any other garage in Birmingham.

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