Visiting the tyre dealers to fit new tyres, two is the magic number
Bread and butter. Salt and Pepper. Socks. Some things work best in pairs. Tyres do, too. You wouldn’t buy one shoe to replace a damaged one. It’s the same with tyres. Tyre dealers should always fit new tyres in pairs.
In this post, I’ll explain why fitting new tyres in pairs makes sense. I’ll also give you the four most important rules of tyre fitting.
Why fitting new tyres in pairs is sensible
A worn tyre can throw out your steering and balance. It creates uneven grip and braking. Poor tread on tyres causes aquaplaning in wet weather. In short, a damaged or worn tyre is dangerous. If you don’t maintain tyres for peak performance, not only will your safety suffer, but so, too, will your fuel efficiency.
When you notice worn tread, it may be tempting to change only the tyre that’s damaged. If you do so, you’ll immediately cause an imbalance biased to the unchanged tyre on the same axle. The problems will remain, but be biased to the other side.
Three rules of fitting new tyres you mustn’t ignore
Here are four rules that you mustn’t ignore when you have new tyres fitted:
1. Always use tyres of the same type and on the same axle
The majority of tyres today are radials. Radial tyres work hard to keep you safe. Always make sure that the same kind of tyres is fitted on the same axle – we’d recommend radial tyres every time.
2. Always fit tyres of the right size and load rating
Every vehicle has a recommended size and performance rating for its tyres. Never fit tyres below the minimums, although you could fit tyres with higher speed and load ratings for added performance. If you are considering this, speak to us first and we’ll check to make sure that what you’re doing is safe.
3. Sometimes you should replace all four tyres
Ideally, you would change all four tyres at the same time. Tyres rarely wear at the same rate. However, if you drive a four-wheel drive, it is prudent to change all four tyres at the same time. If you don’t, you risk causing permanent damage to the drive system.
Next time you need new tyres, make sure you invest in a pair. You’ll be safer, and the driving experience will be better. You’ll also use less fuel. If you need more advice or want to book a tyre check, contact us today on 3333 5510 – we’ll be happy to help.