Symmetric tyres are the most common type of tyre used on passenger and commercial vehicles. They are characterized by the best price/performance ratio. It also has the advantage of fitting regardless of the direction of wheel rotation.
The symmetrical tyre design is the most common design used. It is a basic type of tread which has symmetrical properties in the contact area between the tyre and the road and therefore does not depend on the position of the tyre in relation to the rim. These tyres are often referred to as multi-directional tyres. This means that they have the same properties in both directions of rotation.
Symmetrical tyres are generally cheaper types of all-purpose tyres suitable for both regular and commercial vehicles. Due to lower production costs, reliable properties and even wear, this type of tread has the best price/performance ratio.
Advantages of symmetric tyres:
- good price/performance ratio
- even tread wear
- long service life
- balanced handling in both directions of rotation (equal traction and therefore suitable for off-road use).
Disadvantages of symmetrical tyres:
- poorer handling characteristics (directional stability in straight line and in a corner) compared to directional tyres
How do I know a symmetrical tyre?
Directional tyres can be identified by the shape of the tread. When you look at the track or tread of the tyre from the front, all the ribs, blocks and grooves are arranged symmetrically according to the central symmetry.
Mounting a symmetrical tyre:
Unlike the directional tyre (given position on the rim and on the vehicle) and the asymmetrical tyre (given position on the rim), the symmetrical tyre can be mounted freely on the rim and on the left or right side of the vehicle.