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Types of Tires

To make your travel more enjoyable, tires are categorized by vehicle type, structure, season, and various other special uses.

To make your travel more enjoyable, tires are categorized by vehicle type, structure, season, and various other special uses.

Winter Tire

Winter tires are widely used for passenger cars, light trucks, trucks and buses and are indispensible in regions with heavy snowfall. In general, the treads of winter tires are divided into small blocks to maximize driving performance in snow with the added traction capability of rug tread and the anti-side slip capability of rib tread.

Winter tires are made of a special rubber that enables tires to maintain a pliable grip without stiffening even at temperatures lower than 7 degrees Celsius.

Winter tires are generally categorized into two types : studdable and studless

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Studdable Tire

On tread of studdable tire, it is possible to embed metal stud pins to improve traction and braking force on icy and snowy roads. It is important to ensure that the studs do not affect the tread design and that they are protruded and spaced evenly.

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Studless Tire

While studded tires show excellent performance on icy and snowy roads, they cause damage to road surfaces. Studless tires are designed to have good traction performance on snowy or icy roads without stud pins.

All Season Tire

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All season tires have more kerfs on tread than summer tires.

Summer Tire

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Summer tires are used widely in all seasons except winter. Low noise, high ride quality and steering stability are the top priorities for these tires. Summer tires are synonymous with regular tires unless otherwise noted.

Tip for understanding!

What are "kerfs?"

Kerfs are thin slits or grooves cut in the tread block. They
are formed by side blades affixed to the tire curing mold.
Kerfs are cut into the tread blocks in order to improve
braking force and anti-side slip capability.


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