Are Arroyo tires directional?
Yes, the Arroyo Ultra Sport A-S is a directional tire. As a directional tire, the Ultra Sport A-S must be rotated from back to front or from front to back.
What are the disadvantages of directional tires?
The main downside is cost. The rubber compounds used in these high-performance tires mean a premium price point compared to standard passenger car tires. Also, directionals typically have shorter tread life. It’s not because the tread is less durable, but rather it’s because tire rotations involve extra labor and cost.
What happens if you run directional tires backwards?
Directional tires will normally have a tread designed for harsher conditions, e.g., wet roads, off-roading, snow, etc. This tread can only provide grip when it is traveling in one direction. So, if the tire has been put on in the wrong direction, then it isn’t going to work anywhere near as well as it should.