What are Directional Tires?

Tires with a "directional" tread contain specific design elements that function best when rolling in one direction. For example, some Goodyear tires incorporate unidirectional sweeping traction grooves to enhance performance and traction. By channeling water and slush efficiently away from the tire in wet and winter conditions, these tires provide excellent hydroplaning resistance and confident control in challenging weather conditions.

Sidewall of tire showing directional rotation arrow, indicating the proper direction to mount the tire

How to Tell if Tires are Directional

Directional tires are generally designed with lateral grooves on the tread pattern that form a V-shape. When you look at directional tires head on, these channels all point forward and down.

Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT winter tire highlighting directional tread channels

Goodyear Ultra Grip® Ice WRT Winter Tire shown

Proper Mounting of Directional Tires

If your directional tires are mounted to roll opposite their intended direction, you may not be experiencing their full benefit. For example, they may not work as efficiently as originally designed. It’s best to have them remounted to roll in the proper direction. Simply have your tire(s) dismounted and reinstalled correctly. For assistance, find a store near you.

What are Asymmetrical Tires?

Asymmetrical tires are designed to enhance traction, handling, and cornering capabilities while reducing noise. These tires are often found on sport performance vehicles. The tires can rotate in either direction when mounted with the correct side facing out, as indicated on the tire sidewall.

Performance asymmetrical tire highlighting the correct side facing outward on the tire sidewall

Proper Mounting of Asymmetrical Tires

These tires feature certain road-holding characteristics and wet traction technology in very specific areas of the tire, such as in the outer tread block. When mounted incorrectly on the inside of the tire, this tread—designed to be on the outside of the tire—proves less effective at performing its intended function. Simply have your tire(s) dismounted and reinstalled correctly. For assistance, find a store near you.

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