Should I Mix Tires?

The most easy answer that you’re going to get is NO - as a general rule, you shouldn't mix new or used tires on your vehicle. All the tires that you have on your car should be from the same Used Tire Shops and from the same manufacturers; nothing more and nothing less. The only time that it really is okay is when the tire manufacturer says it’s okay.

Drivers like you and me should really avoid from mixing usedtires with with different tread patterns, internal constructions or sizes. We need to use identical tires on all of our car’s positions so that we can maintain the best control and the best stability. Another thing to keep in mind (which is something that I think is really obvious), you should never even think about mixing winter tires with all-season/summer tires; you shouldn’t even mix run-flat tires with non-flat-tires.

It’s been proven a number of times that the vehicle design, driving conditions and maintenance practices work all together in order to try and equalize tire wear and performance. It even does the favor of letting drivers (us) know they really got what they paid for out of the current tires that they have. It also gives them the opportunity to choose a set of replacement tires: the tires that they buy from Used Tire Shops will either maintain the Original Equipment (O.E.) tires' capabilities or help tune the car’s qualities to even better suit their needs.

Even if you wanted to wear out your used tires all at the same time, it’s not really an option. Usually, the vehicle design, the use of the different sized tires on front and rear axles, and the inadequate maintenance and/or vehicle design are all factors that contribute to uneven tire wear.

If your car’s used tires don’t wear out at the same time, then you’re forced to decide whether you’re going to get a new set of tires or if you’re just going to get a pair of replacements. If you buy a whole new set, it’s safer than if you buy just a pair. It even maintains the handling balance that’s engineered into the car while at the same time, restoring poor weather traction .. the only thing is that it’s going to be more expensive. When you just buy a pair, it will obviously lower the cost .. but it will make you choose between exact, equivalent or alternative tires.

I know, who knew there were so many decisions when it came to purchasing tires.

Whatever option that you decide to go with, the best thing you can do is go with the same type of tires that you’ve had on your vehicle. When you do this, it will definitely make sure that the tire’s al construction, tread design and tread compound are completely equal to the tires that are being replaced.

Another thing you can probably do is choose equivalent tires from the same tire performance category. These tires need to share the same speed rating, handling and traction characteristics of the original tires that were on your car previously. Even though something like this isn’t someone’s first option, it may be an option that’s mandatory when the original tires are no longer available.

Since new & usedtires play such a big part in everyone’s driving experience, it’s important that you pay attention to them and take care of them.