For optimal safety and performance, it's strongly recommended that the same tires should be placed on every wheel position on your car. Mixed tires might force you to replace them earlier than expected. Identical tires will provide traction, grip, and overall safety. Tires play an integral role in every vehicle's comfort and handling capabilities. It is always best to drive on tires that are identical in every detail.
Examples of mismatched tires include mixing:
A Matched Tire Set is Best
For optimal safety and performance, it's strongly recommended that the same tires should be placed on every wheel position on your car. Tires should be the same brand, size, tread pattern, load index, and speed rating on the front and rear. This helps you maintain optimum control and stability for your vehicle. Mismatched tire sizes and constructions can be dangerous. Our tire experts always recommend following the vehicle manufacturer's specifications for proper tire size, load index, and other specifications when choosing new tires for your car, truck or SUV.
Note: Unless the tire and/or vehicle manufacturer specifies that this is acceptable. (Some vehicles have what is known as a “staggered fitment" -- different-sized tires on the front and rear axles.)
Matched Tires = More Even Wear
In addition to maintaining control and stability, having a uniform set of tires lets you rotate them regularly. This helps the tires wear evenly, extending their life and making the most of your investment.
But even with regular rotations, your tires can still wear unevenly if your vehicle has different-sized tires on the front and back (the “staggered fitment” we mentioned earlier), has an alignment or other mechanical problem, or if you don't keep up with maintenance. Even driving conditions can cause uneven wear. You could also lose an individual tire to puncture or other irreparable damage. In this case, you may need to decide whether to buy one or more new tires to replace the worn and/or damaged tires, or whether to buy a complete set, forfeiting the remaining life on the non-damaged tires.
So is it okay to replace just one or two tires -- or do you need a whole new set? It's always going to be best to replace all the tires at the same time, because it will restore the vehicle's handling and traction to optimum levels. However, this is also expensive, so we know it's not always possible.
If you decide to replace one or two of the tires, the best choice is to replace them with the exact same brand, style, and size that are already on the vehicle. If this is possible, the dimensions, internal construction, materials, and tread design will be nearly identical to the tires you are replacing. If it's not possible (for example, if the tire is no longer available), the next best option is to choose tires in the same performance category with equivalent load ratings, speed ratings, handling, and traction characteristics as the original tires.
The third option -- choosing alternative tires that don't match any of the characteristics of your original tires -- should only be used as a last resort or in an emergency. Using tires with different performance characteristics, load ratings, speed ratings, or sizes can cause the vehicle's handling to become unbalanced, especially in bad weather.
Why Not to Mix Tires?
Uneven Tread Wear - Routine tire rotations and wheel alignments will provide uniform wearing on all tires. Mixing tires will cause uneven weight distribution across the four wheels, and some tires will wear out faster than the others.
Poor Handling - Mixed tires can make it challenging to drive. The tires on your vehicle are designed with traction and handling properties. Mixing tires with varying sizes, designs, and tread patterns will cause vehicle handling and braking issues. Poor handling makes for unstable driving conditions and increases your risk for accidents on the road.
Limited Performance - Mix-matched tires will not work together effectively for smooth and safe driving. This can prevent your vehicle from reaching optimum driving performance, limiting its acceleration rate, maximum speed, and load capacity.
Industry leaders recommend replacing all four tires at the same time or at least two on the rear of the vehicle.
If You Need New Tires, Contact Us
Mixed tires might force you to replace them earlier than expected. Identical tires will provide traction, grip, and overall safety. Tires play an integral role in every vehicle's comfort and handling capabilities. It is always best to drive on tires that are identical in every detail.
If your car, truck or SUV is in need of new tires and you are unsure of what would be best, we’re always here to answer your questions. Reach out to our NTW experts today!
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Taken from www.insurancehotline.com/preparing-your-car-for-the-winter-season/
In most areas of Canada, the winter season can significantly affect driving conditions, leaving you more prone to accidents. During the winter, even more so than other times of the year, it’s important to focus on defensive driving to protect yourself and keep your family safe and sound. Driving safely also helps keep your insurance rates down, while minimizing wear and tear on your vehicle. A big part of staying safe in the winter is making sure that your car is adequately prepared to handle whatever driving conditions you may face. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your vehicle and give yourself the best chance of staying safe over the winter months.
1. Make sure you have the right oil for your car.
Check your owner’s manual for the right oil for your specific vehicle, but in general oil like 5W30 works better in cold weather conditions than thicker 10W30 or 10W40. The thinner the oil, the more easily it circulates to lubricate your engine in colder temperatures.
3. Check your tire pressure.
Due to the colder air, your tire pressure tends to drop a little bit in the winter. Keeping your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure makes your car easier to handle, making you safer on the roads and will even save you money by improving fuel economy!
After a long winter of dirty boots and spilled coffees, the interior of your car could use a little TLC before you go on your next adventure.
What you will need:
1. A vacuum (preferably hand vacuum)
2. Car glass cleaner
3. Leather cleaner/ upholstery cleaner
4. Microfibre cloth
5. Protectant wipes
1. Start by removing all mats
Remove all mats and while they are out, time to give them some rinse and power-wash. Washing car mats with some gentle soaps are great to remove any stains. Now let them dry and go to step 2.
2. Vacuum underneath all seats
Move the seats to make sure you get every corners. When vacuuming the trunk, be sure to check the placement of your spare tire. If you're worried about the spare tire placement and if it still works properly, call us and we'll be happy to check it for you!
3. Use proper cleaner for the windows
Spray the liquid right on the towel and wipe the window in a rhythmic manner.
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