3 Main Reasons Not To Mix Tires
For optimal safety and performance, it is strongly recommended that the same tires be used on all four wheels. The front and rear tires should have the same size, brand, tread pattern, load index, speed rating, and tread pattern. Tire sizes and constructions that are not compatible can pose a danger. When choosing new tires for your vehicle, truck, or SUV, our tire experts recommend that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper size, load index, as well as other specifications.
Mixing tires is when you use a tire that has a different characteristic than the one you have. Industry experts recommend that all four tires be replaced at once, or at least two rear-facing tires. Here are some examples of mixed tires:
- Different seasons tire sizes (e.g. summer and winter)
- Non-run-flat tires can be used in place of run-flat tires
- Different sizes or tread patterns for tires
- Different tire brands
Why you shouldn’t mix tires on your vehicle
Uneven tread wear –Routine wheel rotations and alignments will ensure uniform tire wear. Tires that are mixed will result in uneven weight distribution and tires that wear faster.
Unstable Handling –Mixed tires may make driving difficult. Your tires are engineered with handling and traction properties. Vehicle handling and braking problems can be caused by mixing tires of different sizes, tread patterns, and designs. Poor handling can lead to unstable driving conditions that increase the risk of accidents.
Limited Performance –Mixed tires won’t work well together for safe and smooth driving. This can limit your vehicle’s acceleration, maximum speed, and load capability, which could cause it to not achieve its optimal driving performance.
Proper maintenance can extend the life of car tires from 5 to 10 years. You might need to replace your tires sooner than you expected if they are mixed. The same tires will offer traction, grip, safety, and overall safety. Every vehicle’s comfort level and handling abilities are affected by the tires. It’s best to use identical tires in all aspects. We are always available to help you decide what type of tires would best suit your vehicle, whether it is a car, truck, or SUV. Get in touch with our tire experts today!