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Tyre Truths: Can you mix tyres and should you replace tyres in pairs?

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Tyres play a huge part in the performance of our cars. From steering to driving comfort to fuel economy – everything is influenced by the tyres. That’s why we all need to be following best practices when replacing tyres to ensure to get the best possible performance, safety and longevity.

When replacing tyres, two big questions crop up: should tyres be replaced in pairs? and can I have different tyres on my car? 

In this article, we’ll be answering these questions and helping you make an informed decision. The next time you need to switch out some tyres, for instance in preparation for an MOT or following a puncture, you’ll know exactly what to do. 

Can I change a tyre one at a time? 

Generally, it’s not recommended to change tyres one at a time. Which begs the question, why should you change tyres in pairs? 

While it’s tempting to save money and just change the tyre that requires the most attention, having different ages or brands of tyre on your car can alter the way the vehicle is balanced. That’s because tread patterns will differ depending on a tyre’s make and condition, impacting the grip and rolling resistance. Inconsistent tread patterns across a vehicle can lead to improper steering and greater fuel consumption, potentially causing safety issues when braking, as well as costing you more money in petrol or diesel. 

That’s why it’s always recommended to change the front pair at the same time with the same tyre model, and likewise, replace the two rear tyres in the same way to maximise safety and fuel economy.

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Can I mix tyre makes on my car? 

Ideally you should not mix tyre makes and tread patterns on the same axle – it’s important for the front two to match and the rear two to match. That’s because driving with mismatched tyres can pose a risk; causing an imbalance in steering, braking and rolling resistance. 

Aim for brand, tread pattern and size to be the same, along with speed rating and load index, if possible. To find out whether your tyres match in this crucial information, consult the sidewall of each tyre to read the tyre labels for width, aspect ratio (the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the width), the rim size and the speed rating. 

Sometimes it’s unavoidable to fit tyres that have different tread depths, but it’s recommended to get as close a match as possible. This advice may differ depending on the car manufacturer, so always get advice from this source to hear the specific advice for your vehicle. If you’d like some friendly help or advice, you can pay us a visit at Mr Tyre. We’ll make sure you get the right tyres to ensure safe, smooth driving. 

What about all-season and winter tyres? 

In the case of all-season and winter tyres, they must be fitted in full vehicle sets. You should also avoid mixing all-season and winter tyres with standard or summer tyres, as the tread depths will vary considerably.


Searching for the best brands for your car? Or maybe you’re looking for something that will suit your budget? Here at Mr. Tyre, we supply and fit a wide range of tyre brands from all makes to suit all vehicles – and all budgets. With over 35 branches across Central England, just pay us a visit or give us a call today.

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