When all four tires wear out on a vehicle, replacing them can be a real punch to the pocketbook. Scared off by the high cost, many motorists choose to replace only the tires with the worst wear to stay within budget. They may replace one or two tires and save the rest until later.

Mixing tires a bad idea

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Tire experts recommend that people replace all four tires at the same time, but if the vehicle owner can only afford to replace one or two, the new purchase should be identical or as close as possible to the other tires of the car. The new tire should have a similar size, tread pattern, design, and internal construction. Mixing different types of tires is often a poor idea. It’s especially unwise to combine winter tires with all-season tires or standard tires with run-flat tires.

Mixing tires is a bad idea because tires are designed with different traction and handling properties. As such, tires are supposed to be installed as a set. Combining different types of tires with varying sizes, designs, and tread patterns will result in unpredictable and jittery vehicle handling and braking. The vehicle may not respond well to emergency situations, such as when you need to brake hard.

If you are replacing two tires with similar models, the new tires should be installed on the rear of the vehicle. Mounting the new tires in front could lead to poor handling of roads, particularly wet roads. The new tires mounted at the front could easily disperse the water on the asphalt while the old tires at the rear could hydroplane, sending the vehicle out of control. This is especially important to be mindful of when it comes to tires in Utah that regularly encounter snow, rain, and sleet during the winter season.

If you believe your tires have tread depths below 2/32 of an inch, visit your Utah tire shop to have them replaced with new tires.