Learn about the pros and cons of directional tires with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Directional tires have a tread pattern that is designed to rotate in one direction. These tires have lateral grooves that form a V shape. Also, a directional tire has an arrow on the sidewall pointing in the direction the tire should travel. This is to help ensure that the tires are mounted and rotated correctly. The design of directional tires
What are the pros of directional tires?
There are a few areas that directional tires perform much better than standard all-season tires.
Superior wet traction
The main advantage of directional tires is that they offer great resistance to hydroplaning. The V-shaped tread design pushes water from the center rib outward as the tire rotates to evacuate water better than a standard tread does. This gives you the most wet traction possible.
Most racing and high performance sports cars use directional tires because they have better traction and handling at high speeds.
Directional tires are designed to be more efficient when rotating in one direction. Directional tires also look more aggressive, fast, and stylish than standard tread patterns.
What are the cons of directional tires?
The primary disadvantage of directional tires is that they can only be rotated from front-to-back. Side to side rotation will require an extra charge of having the tires dismounted, flipped and remounted. Since they can’t be rotated in the standard pattern, directional tires usually have a shorter tread life then normal tires. Some vehicles have different sized tires on the front and on the rear. If this is the case on your vehicle, you will not be able to rotate directional tires at all unless you dismount and remount them.