Choosing the Best Tyres for your Vehicle … Don’t Mix and Drive

As a general rule your car should only be equipped with the best tyres recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t worry it’s not a scheme to sell you expensive tyres! The manufacturers recommend certain tyre sizes and load ratings to match the vehicle.

Why shouldn’t I use different tyres on my vehicle?

To maintain your cars best possible handling, stability and performance you should avoid mixing tread patters and definitely not different size tyres on the one vehicle.

If you have run-flat tyres on your vehicle it is very important to only replace these tyres with new ones that support your cars run-flat technology.

Also, if you have a certain type of tyre fitted for a wet season or another different weather condition then you should ensure your car is fitted with the appropriate tyres for the current conditions.

But if my tyres are all the same won’t they all need replacing at once?

Ideally they would all need replacing at once, unfortunately due to maintenance or lack thereof, driving conditions and vehicle design all contribute to uneven wear on your vehicles tyres. Generally your tyres won’t all need replacing at once. Remember, replacing all four tyres at once saves four individual trips to the workshop!

If you tyres all need replacing at once it’s a measure that vehicle design, driving conditions and maintenances practices have worked in unison to equalise wear and performance.

It also allows drivers to see if they are getting their money’s worth out of the recommended manufacturer tyres. And can then make a decision to change the tyres to suit their needs and driving conditions or budget.

Do I need to buy four new tyres if they don’t all wear out at the same time?

Unfortunately this is the decision that drivers everywhere face everyday. To decide whether to replace just the tyres that require to be replaced or replace all four tyres. For the best traction and to maintain handling and stability of your vehicle it is usually best to replace all four. Not the best sign for your wallet, but here at Darra Tyres we have a solution to suit all budgets so you can get back on the road quickly and safely.

Because your tyres are arguably the most important aspect of the car as they are the only point of contact with the road it is best to try and always have the same brand, size, model and amount of tread depth on all four tyres.

To have your tyres checked by one of our industry experts come down to Darra Tyres, give us a callĀ onĀ 3333 5510 or contact us online here,

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

About the Author

Kevin has been at the forefront of the tyre industry for over 20 years. Kevin's speciality is in industrial and commercial tyres including the management and upkeep of fleets. Kevin has worked with vehicles his whole career from painting, mechanical, suspension and panel beating he has also spent time in the Australia Army as a driver. He has driven all size of vehicles throughout his career so understands the demands placed on drivers.