There are a number of reasons why you might want to mix different brands of tires. Oftentimes, either the front or rear pair will wear out before the others. A pair that matches your current tires might not be available, could be too expensive, or may not be the type that you want. But is it alright for your vehicle if your tires do not match?
So, is it okay to mix tires?
First of all, no one would recommend that you mix different makes, models, or types of tires. If you wear out your left shoe, you don’t just slap on whatever is laying around–you invest in a new pair. However, if you’re going to buy an mismatched pair of tires, you want a model that is as close to what you currently have as possible. Even tires from the same company and product line can have significant distinctions in design that greatly impact their performance. Some tires are better-suited to performance cornering and braking, while others have a tread made for all-season traction and handling. Mixing distinct types of tires will not give you the best driving results. Traction and friction are key components of a tire’s performance. Just imagine how destabilized your driving will be if your back tires slip while your front tires grip.
How to mix tires if you must
Whether for financial reasons or as a short-term solution, you may have to use different types of tires on your vehicle. If this is the case, it is best to match axle pairs when installing two new tires. Many people believe that the new tires should always be put on the main drive axle, which is in the front for a front-wheel drive vehicle and the rear for a RWD, but the safest option is to put new tires in the rear. The reason for this is that having reduced traction in the rear can lead to oversteer, which is much more dangerous and difficult to control than understeering.
The lesson here today? Try not to mix tire pairs, but if you do, make sure to match axle pairs. If you are looking for new tires in Temecula check out Discount Tire Centers today.