The quality of your vehicle's tires can significantly impact the safety and comfort of each ride you take down the road. When a single tire blows out or shows enough wear that it needs to be replaced, you might be tempted to invest in the cheapest replacement tire available. Unfortunately, if the cheapest tire doesn't match the other three on your car, you might experience some problems.
Here are three reasons why you should avoid mixing tires in the future.
1. Potential steering problems.
Your tires play a critical role in determining how easily you can steer your vehicle. The tread pattern on a tire allows your vehicle to grip the road, allowing you to make accurate turns.
When you mix tires, you run the risk of mixing tread patterns as well. This means that the mismatched tire will grip the road at a different rate than the remaining three tires, which could result in a temporary loss of control as you steer into turns. Avoid potential steering problems by ensuring that all the tires on your vehicle match.
2. Compromised braking ability.
When driving in adverse weather conditions, the tread pattern on your vehicle's tires is responsible for channeling water from the road's surface out from under the tires to increase your vehicle's traction.
When tread patterns differ, the rate at which water is moved will differ as well. This could compromise the uniformity of the grip each tire has on the road. When you apply pressure to your vehicle's brake, the tire with the different tread pattern could lose contact with the roadway and compromise your ability to bring your car safely to a stop. Ensure that you replace a worn or broken tire with one that matches your other three to avoid compromised braking ability.
3. Increased noise.
If you value a peaceful commute, then you will want to avoid having mismatched tires on your vehicle. When tires on your car have different tread patterns, they will hit the pavement at different times at rates.
Reverberations are sent through the rubber each time the tread hits the pavement, but a uniform tread pattern on all tires reduces the amount of noise you hear inside the vehicle. A mismatched tire will not reverberate in sync with the other tires, subjecting you to an increased level of noise as you drive.
For more information, contact local professionals in the tire industry.Share