Classification According to Vehicle

Hankook Tires Classification According to Vehicle

Classification According to Structure

Hankook Tires Classification According to Structure

(1) Bias Tire

Layers of one ply cord material are placed on the tire carcass diagonally from one tire bead to the other at angles of about 40° to the centerline of the tread. The lengthy research and development period have given this tire an overall steady performance and stiff sidewall. With the advent of the radial tire however, the bias tire is now used much less frequently.

(2) Radial Tire

A radial tire uses a cord angle of 90 degrees. That is, the cord material runs in a radial or direct line from one bead to the other across the tread. In addition, a radial tire has a belt overwrap under the tread surface to provide greater structural stability. The belt overwrap of a radial tire distortion while the radial structure enables high speed driving.

Note : Belted Bias Tire

A radial tire-like belt is attached to a bias tire carcass. The belt increases the stiffness of the improves traction for better steering and stability. However, the belted bias tire is generally product from the transition of a bias structure to radial structure and is not widely used.

(3) Tubeless Tire

As cars became faster, the tubeless tire was developed to protect drivers and cars from the dangers of flat tire accidents while driving at high speeds. Instead of using a tube, a lining (inner liner) of special rubber with low air permeability inside the tire prevents air leaks from the tire and rim. This means that even if a nail punctures the tire while on the move, air pressure will not be lost very rapidly. However, careful tire maintenance is still necessary as there is no tire that does not go flat. In addition, there are tubeless tires that use airtight, highly binding cement on the inside of the inner liner to decrease air leakage even further.

Hankook Tires Structural Comparison of Tube/Tubeless

Advantages of a Tubeless Tire

  • - Maintains air pressure
  • - Sudden air leakage does not occur even with puncture
  • - Improved heat emission while driving because air inside the tire is in direct contact with rim
  • - Less maintenance or mishaps with tube
  • - Increased operation efficiency with no tube assembly

Disadvantages of a Tubeless Tire

  • - Separation occurs if crack appears inside tire bead
  • - Air leakage in the case of imperfect tire-rim assembly or disfiguration in the rim flange. In particular, caution is needed when driving on unpaved roads as rocks and other debris may damage the rim flange and cause air leakage.

Classification According to Season


(1) Summer Tire

As a tire for use in seasons without snow (spring, summer, fall), the summer or general tire is optimized for reduced noise, smooth driving and safe handling at high speeds.

(2) All Season Tire

Developed to relieve the difficulty of changing from summer tires to winter ones in regions with short snow seasons, the all season has more tread kerfs than the summer tire.

Hankook Tires Classification According to Season

(3) Winter Tire

Winter tires are used widely for passenger cars, small trucks, light trucks and truck & buses. The use of winter tires is firmly established in snowy regions. Generally, the treads of winter tires are divided into small blocks to maximize driving performance with the added propulsion capability of the lug design and the rib design's prevention of side slippage. Winter tires provide good steering and are designed to have high braking and tractive force in snow. These characteristics are due to the treads with deep grooves which aggressively grab onto soft snow. When driving with winter tires, the snow that is stuck in the grooves of the tread is compressed in an up and down direction and hardened to form a firm snow pillar. If winter tires are used in seasons without snow, wear occurs faster than for regular tires so it is more economical to change to regular tires once winter is over.

Hankook Tires Classification According to Season

01.Studded Winter Tire
While winter tires perform better on icy roads than regular tires, they cannot provide major propulsion capability, braking capability and prevention of side slippage. To improve driving performance on icy roads, steel studs were embedded onto winter tires. Studded winter tires have the following two requisites:
- Studs must be firmly fixed to the tread and not damage the tread
- Stud pins must always protrude from tread surface at a reasonable level

02. Studless Winter Tire
While studded snow tires perform well on icy, frozen roads, the studs tend to damage roads and cause debris.
While studded winter tires perform well on icy, frozen roads, the studs tend to damage roads and cause debris.
Due to such problems, use of the studded tire has been reconsidered every year and eventually, the studless tire was born.
As its name says, the studless tire is a tire without studs but one which shows maximized driving performance on slippery, frozen roads. Compared to existing winter tires, its snow capabilities are improved to near those of studded tires.

03. Principle of Winter Tire
When a tire turns, the snow pillar puts up resistance in order not to be cut out of the tread groove. This arbitrary resistance the basic principle linked to the winter tire's performance.

Hankook Tires Principle of Winter Tire

-Rubber that remains soft in cold temperatures

Following advances in rubber technology, a special rubber is used that remains soft and pliable in the coldest temperatures to make it stickier on snow or ice

Hankook Tires Rubber that remains soft in cold temperatures

-Can be driven on all roads

Performance must be good on icy, snowy roads in winter

Hankook Tires Can be driven on all roads

Classification According to Application


(1) Regular Tire

Also called a ground tire that is not for emergency use.

(2) All Season Tire

When a regular tire has been damaged by a flat or other reason and cannot be used, the emergency tire may be used temporarily. Emergency tires can save trunk space and reduce the weight of the car. There are two types of emergency tires:
(a) Foldable emergency tires
(b) T-type emergency tires
Emergency tires are manufactured only for use in emergencies and cannot be used at speeds of over 80km/h. The pneumatic pressure has to be maintained at 60psi and the air pressure should be checked at least once a month.

(3) Run Flat Tire

Even when the air pressure within the tire reaches zero due to damage such as a flat, this tire can be used to drive 80km at 80km/h speed to a location where a tire change can be made.

Hankook Tires Classification According to Application

Classification According to Pattern

With the exception of certain special tires, various characteristics exist for tire treads (the part of the tire that meets the road). These characteristics are becoming more complicated as applications grow more diverse with the development of roads and vehicles.

Hankook Tires Classification According to Pattern
Hankook Tires Groove Kerf

(1) Kerf

Kerf is a small slot molded into treads to improve braking capability or prevent. It is particularly useful on wet road surfaces.

Hankook Tires Classification According to Pattern